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

Black Mountain Fire

 
 
Black Mountain Fire Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 10, 2010
1. Black Mountain Fire Marker
Inscription. You are standing on Black Mountain. This mountain and Big Spruce Mountain, to your left, were named for the giant spruce trees that once darkened their slopes.

In the early 1900s, loggers from eight camps in this valley hauled valuable spruce on narrow gauge railroads. They left a cutover landscape of dry spruce limbs and needles. This tinderbox burst into flame in 1930, probably set by train cinders. Can you picture this beautiful valley as a black and barren wasteland?

Walk the boardwalk to your left, to see signs of logging, fire, and forest renewal.

Site Elevation 4,520 Ft.
 
Erected by US Forest Service.
 
Location. 38° 16.123′ N, 80° 14.356′ W. Marker is near Marlinton, West Virginia, in Pocahontas County. Marker is on Highland Scenic Highway (West Virginia Route 150) 8.1 miles from Bruffey Reserve (West Virginia Route 39), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Marlinton WV 24954, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. More Than Meets The Eye (approx. 1 miles away); Cranberry Glades (approx. 6.3 miles away); Big Lime
Black Mountain Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 10, 2010
2. Black Mountain Overlook
(approx. 7.7 miles away); Edray (approx. 8 miles away); Marlinton (approx. 8.2 miles away); William L. "Mudwall" Jackson (approx. 8.2 miles away); Natural History and Heritage (approx. 8.3 miles away); Anna Wallace (approx. 8.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marlinton.
 
Also see . . .  Highland Scenic Highway. Pocahontas County, West Virginia (Submitted on August 15, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. EnvironmentHorticulture & Forestry
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 15, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 515 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 15, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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