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Elkins in Randolph County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Henry Gassaway Davis

 
 
Henry Gassaway Davis Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 15, 2008
1. Henry Gassaway Davis Marker
Inscription.  Born November 16, 1823, Died March 11, 1916.

Benefactor • Philanthropist • Railway Builder.

Worked as if he were to live forever. Lives as if he were to die to-morrow.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkIndustry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1838.
 
Location. 38° 55.654′ N, 79° 50.884′ W. Marker is in Elkins, West Virginia, in Randolph County. Marker is at the intersection of Randolph Avenue and Sycamore Street and 5th Street and Kerens Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Randolph Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 450 Randolph Ave, Elkins WV 26241, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stephen Benton Elkins / Halliehurst (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); H.W. Daniels Post No. 29 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Western Maryland Railway Honor Roll (approx. 0.2 miles away); All Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); War in West Virginia (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Railroad Builds Elkins
Henry Gassaway Davis Monument image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 15, 2008
2. Henry Gassaway Davis Monument
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(approx. ¼ mile away); Working the Railyard (approx. ¼ mile away); The Darden Mill (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elkins.
 
More about this marker. Monument is owned by Davis & Elkins College, whose main entrance is a block away on Sycamore Street. There is an identical copy of this statue in Davis Park in Charleston, West Virginia.
 
Also see . . .  Western Maryland Railway – Henry Gassaway Davis. “With no government help, Davis starting building his West Virginia Central and Pittsburg to Elk Garden and its 14 foot seam of coal. By this time, Davis had entered the new state of West Virginia's politics and eventually he would use every political connection possible to finance his road. Gorman, Bayard and Elkins were all US Senators that would have stations named after them. The last named man, Stephen Elkins was also to become Davis’ son-in-law and business partner.” (Submitted on July 22, 2008.) 
 
Henry Gassaway Davis Statue image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 15, 2008
3. Henry Gassaway Davis Statue
1926 bronze by Louis Saint-Lanne is 12½ feet tall.
Senator Davis on His Horse image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 15, 2008
4. Senator Davis on His Horse
Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 15, 2008
5. Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church
To the right of the monument.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 28, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 20, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,691 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 20, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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