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Moundsville in Marshall County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

West Virginia Penitentiary

 
 
West Virginia Penitentiary Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 15, 2011
1. West Virginia Penitentiary Marker
Close-up view of the historic marker, as seen through the chain link fence that surrounds the penitentiary.
Inscription.
Established, 1866, A prison for
men and women convicted of
felonies until prison for wom-
en was established at Pence
Springs, 1947. Capital criminals
were hanged here, 1889-1950.
Electric chair used until death
penalty was abolished. 1965.

 
Erected 2008 by West Virginia Archives & History.
 
Location. 39° 54.946′ N, 80° 44.588′ W. Marker is in Moundsville, West Virginia, in Marshall County. Marker is on Jefferson Avenue south of 8th Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. This historic marker is located across the street from the Moundsville (Grave Creek) Mound, and next to the front entrance to the old West Virginia State Penitentiary. Marker is in this post office area: Moundsville WV 26041, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Grave Creek Mound (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Marshall County Commemorates Service Men and Women (approx. mile away); Civil War Cannons (approx. mile away); Benjamin C. Criswell (approx. mile away); Moundsville / Capt. James Harrod
West Virginia Penitentiary Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 15, 2011
2. West Virginia Penitentiary Marker
View of the historic marker in front of the penitentiary, located along the walkway leading to the front entrance.
(approx. mile away); Volunteers in the Spanish-American War (approx. mile away); Old Brick School House (approx. mile away); Recipients of the Purple Heart (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Moundsville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Former West Virginia Penitentiary. This is a link to information provided by the Moundsville Economic Development Council. (Submitted on April 27, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. West Virginia State Penitentiary. This is a link to information provided by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (Submitted on April 27, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
West Virginia Penitentiary Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 15, 2011
3. West Virginia Penitentiary Marker
View looking north along Jefferson Avenue of the historic marker and the front walkway entrance into the penitentiary. The historic marker is behind the landscaped sign in the extreme right of the picture.
West Virginia Penitentiary Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 15, 2011
4. West Virginia Penitentiary Marker
View looking south along Jefferson Avenue of the historic marker and the front walkway entrance into the penitentiary. The historic marker is located in the extreme left side of the picture.
West Virginia Penitentiary Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 15, 2011
5. West Virginia Penitentiary Marker
View looking north from the area of the front entrance to the penitentiary towards the main administration building of the penitentiary.
West Virginia Penitentiary Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 15, 2011
6. West Virginia Penitentiary Marker
View of the main administration building of the penitentiary.
West Virginia Penitentiary image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 15, 2011
7. West Virginia Penitentiary
Close-up view of the Seal of the State of West Virginia that is affixed to the front peak of the penitentiary.
West Virginia Penitentiary Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 15, 2011
8. West Virginia Penitentiary Marker
Another view of the main administration building of the penitentiary.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 26, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 645 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on April 27, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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