Durbin in Pocahontas County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Even apart from the challenging terrain, the top of Cheat Mountain was its own landscape in the sky, with its own local climate and conditions. Mountaintop weather was harsher than most travelers were accustomed to, often making Cheat a challenge of one’s willpower and endurance. Its high elevation meant colder temperatures year round, and winters were especially harsh. Snows were recorded as early as August. The dense virgin spruce forests also kept the mountaintops cool and damp, so snowfall sometimes lasted into early summer.
The mountain caught large amounts of precipitation. Just a few miles away, Travellers Repose received almost 30 inches less water a year. Summer travelers could enjoy the cool Canada-like climate and the boreal-like beauty of the red spruce forests on top of the mountain, but road conditions suffered from so much water. In some years, months might
The Trotter brothers, charged with delivering the mail from Staunton to Parkersburg from 1855 to 1858 replied to a reprimand from the Postmaster General for their late delivery of the mail in the winter of 1855.
"Mr. Postmaster General Washington, D.C.
If you knock the gable end of Hell out and back it op against Cheat Mountain and rain fire and brimstone for 40 days and 40 nights, it won't melt the snow enough to get your damned mail through on time."
Erected by Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike.
Location. 38° 35.91′ N, 79° 50.928′ W. Marker is in Durbin, West Virginia, in Pocahontas County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 250 and Forest Road 27 on U.S. 250. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Durbin WV 26264, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Asa Gray / Buffalo-Indian Trail (approx. 1.4 miles away); Cheat Summit Camp (approx. 1.4 miles away); Shavers Fork (approx. 1.6 miles away); Cabin Remains (approx. 2.3 miles away); Astride the Road from Nowhere (approx. Guarding the Turnpike (approx. 2.4 miles away); Cheat Summit Fort (approx. 2.4 miles away); Behind the Parapet (approx. 2.4 miles away).
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