“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Mannington in Marion County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Mannington / Flaggy Meadow

Mannington face of Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 23, 2009
1. Mannington face of Marker
Inscription. Mannington. Once called Koontown but renamed in 1856 when chartered as town by Va. Assembly. Incorporated under W. Va. law in 1871. Abundant natural gas attracted diverse industry by 1900. Brick, glass and boiler factories, machine shops, granite works, Bowers Pottery Co., among the world’s largest sanitary products maker, & Phillips Tool Co., serving coal, oil and gas industries, were located here.

Flaggy Meadow. One mi. south at Flaggy Meadows is site of the first oil well in the Mannington field, drilled 11 Oct. 1889. Location was scientifically verified by geologist I. C. White (1848–1927) using the anticlinal theory. Oil and gas boom sparked industrial growth in Mannington. Also at Flaggy Meadow is uncommon round barn built by Amos Hamilton in 1912 at cost of $1,900.
Erected 1984 by West Virginia Department of Culture and History.
Location. 39° 31.524′ N, 80° 19.956′ W. Marker is in Mannington, West Virginia, in Marion County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street (U.S. 250) and Meadow Avenue, on the right when traveling south on East Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mannington WV 26582, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
Flaggy Meadow face of Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 23, 2009
2. Flaggy Meadow face of Marker
11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Indian Raid (approx. 4.4 miles away); Waitman T. Willey (approx. 4.6 miles away); Farmington Disaster (approx. 4.6 miles away); Coon’s Fort (approx. 6.8 miles away); Barrackville Covered Bridge (approx. 8.9 miles away); Marion County / Wetzel County (approx. 9.3 miles away); First Father’s Day Service (approx. 10.3 miles away); The Colonel George S. “Spanky” Roberts, USAF Memorial Bridge (approx. 10.4 miles away).
Regarding Mannington / Flaggy Meadow. In geology, an anticline is an upwards fold of rock. The anticlinal theory theorized that since oil rises above water, it would rise through porous rock and sands until stopped by non-porous rock and would collect at the highest point of an anticline. Drill into an anticline where oil is known to exist and you will find a pool of oil to extract.
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Mannington / Flaggy Meadow Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 23, 2009
3. Mannington / Flaggy Meadow Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 25, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,187 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 25, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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