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Morgantown in Monongalia County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Courthouse Square

Monongalia County

 
 
Courthouse Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, May 24, 2019
1. Courthouse Square Marker
Inscription.  Named for the Monongalia River, Monongalia County was established in 1776. With the formal recognition of the Mason-Nixon line in 1783, it was determined that the first meeting place of the county court actually fell within the borders of Pennsylvania, and the court was relocated to the home of Zacquill Morgan. In 1784, a small frame courthouse was erected near the site of the present courthouse square. A new courthouse building replaced this structure in 1802, and in 1848, a fourth courthouse was constructed. The fifth and current courthouse was designed in the Romanesque Revival style by Pittsburgh architect James Baily and was completed in 1891. As the county celebrated its bicentennial in 1976, a new annex to the courthouse was completed.

[A timeline runs from Walnut Street south to the marker:]
1776
County established

1783
County seat
moved

1785
Morgantown
established

1863
Statehood

1867
WVU
established

1870
First gas
street lamps

1886
First
passenger
train

1891
Courthouse
constructed

1896
Seneca
Courthouse Square marker with the timeline showing image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, May 24, 2019
2. Courthouse Square marker with the timeline showing
Glass
opens

1941
Ordnance
Works
constructed

1976
County
bicentennial

 
Location. 39° 37.782′ N, 79° 57.391′ W. Marker is in Morgantown, West Virginia, in Monongalia County. Marker is on Walnut Street (U.S. 119) west of High Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 243 High Street, Morgantown WV 26505, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Monongalia County Courthouse (here, next to this marker); To the Patriots of the American Revolution (a few steps from this marker); Monongalia County World War I Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Monongalia County World War II Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Honor Roll (a few steps from this marker); Monongalia County World War I Killed in Action Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Monongalia County Korean War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Monongalia County Vietnam War Memorial (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Morgantown.
 
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Map display nearby image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, May 24, 2019
3. Map display nearby
County Seal image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, May 24, 2019
4. County Seal
Historic Landmark plaque on the building image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, May 24, 2019
5. Historic Landmark plaque on the building
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on May 25, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 25, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 25, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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