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By J. J. Prats, October 17, 2015
Appalachia Marker
Virginia (Wise County), Appalachia — X-23 — Appalachia
The town sprang up after the Louisville and Nashville Railroad and Southern Railroad made a junction here in 1890. Named for the Appalachian Mountains, in the heart of which it stands, it was incorporated in 1906; the streets were laid out in 1907. . . . — Map (db m90888) HM
Virginia (Wise County), Big Stone Gap — Big Stone Gap — The Crooked Road — Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail
Big Stone Gap. Big Stone Gap takes its name from a large stone, visible in a gap. Wagoners who followed Daniel Boone’s trail said: “It’s a day's ride from the Big Stone Gap to Cumberland Gap.” Fiddlers, banjo players, and . . . — Map (db m90913) HM
Virginia (Wise County), Big Stone Gap — KA-11 — Big Stone Gap
Big Stone Gap, originally known as Three Forks, received its carter February 28. 1888. A postoffice was established April 12, 1856. In the early nineties it became the center of iron and coal development. It was the home and workshop of John Fox, . . . — Map (db m90914) HM
Virginia (Wise County), Big Stone Gap — KA-17 — Carl MartinEarly Music Pioneer
Carl Martin was born in Big Stone Gap in April 1906. He grew up in Southwest Virginia and moved to Knoxville, Tenn., in 1918. He performed regionally on the guitar, mandolin, bass, and violin at coal camps, dances, and in traveling shows. In . . . — Map (db m90912) HM
Virginia (Wise County), Big Stone Gap — KA-8 — Donelson’s Indian Line
John Donelson’s Line, surveyed after the Treaty of Lochaber with the Indians, 1770, crossed the road here. This line separated Indian territory from land open to settlement. Violations of the line by settlers contributed to Dunmore's War, 1774. — Map (db m44396) HM
Virginia (Wise County), Big Stone Gap — KA-12 — Origins of Big Stone Gap
This was the site of the Gilley famly farm, settled by John and Mary Barger Gilley about 1790. The family cemetery was located just south at the end of Graveyard Alley. Named Imboden after Brig. Gen. John D. Imboden when it was laid out on . . . — Map (db m90891) HM
Virginia (Wise County), Big Stone Gap — I-2 — Southwest Virginia Museum
This museum is located in a mansion built by lawyer and industrialist Rufus Ayers, Virginia attorney general in the 1880s. Newman and her brother, C. Bascom Slemp, former U.S. Congressman and private secretary to President Calvin . . . — Map (db m90897) HM
Virginia (Wise County), Coeburn — X-20 — Coeburn
The town stands on the site of one of Christopher Gist’s camps when he was returning from his exploration of the Ohio Valley about 1750. Big Tom and Little Tom Creeks are named for him and his son. The name of the town comes from W. W. Coe, chief . . . — Map (db m90868) HM
Virginia (Wise County), Norton — X-22 — Benge’s Gap
Beginning in 1774, Chief Benge led a part of the Shawnee from the Ohio River on raids along the frontier. Benge, who was part white and part Cherokee. frequently captured slaves and then resold them; he also seized white women and children who . . . — Map (db m44232) HM
Virginia (Wise County), Pound — Daniel Webster Dotson
Entering the town of Lieutenant Daniel Webster Dotson, born Sept 25, 1920; died May 2, 1953. A veteran of the Korean War and World War II. Virginia’s second-highest decorated soldier and Wise County’s most decorated soldier in the Korean War. — Map (db m90777) HM WM
Virginia (Wise County), Pound — Daniel Webster Dotson
Entering the town of Lieutenant Daniel Webster Dotson, born Sept 25, 1920; died May 2, 1953. A veteran of the Korean War and World War II. Virginia’s second-highest decorated soldier and Wise County’s most decorated soldier in the Korean War. — Map (db m90795) HM
Virginia (Wise County), Pound — Daniel Webster Dotson
Entering the town of Lieutenant Daniel Webster Dotson, born Sept 25, 1920; died May 2, 1953. A veteran of the Korean War and World War II. Virginia’s second-highest decorated soldier and Wise County’s most decorated soldier in the Korean War. — Map (db m90844) HM
Virginia (Wise County), Pound — KA-20 — Francis Gary Powers — U2 Pilot
Francis Gary Powers (1929-1977) was raised here in Pound and graduated from Grundy High School. Powers enlisted in the U. S. Air Force in 1950 after graduating from Milligan College in Tennessee. In 1956, the Central Intelligence Agency . . . — Map (db m90846) HM
Virginia (Wise County), Pound — XB-7 — Pound Gap
Pound Gap probably was named for nearby grain pounding mill. Christopher Gist, returning from the Ohio River where he surveyed land for the Ohio Company, crossed the gap in 1751. During the Civil War, Pound Gap gained strategic importance as a . . . — Map (db m90797) HM
Virginia (Wise County), Pound — Z-90 — Pound, Virginia
Christopher Gist explored the area later known as The Pound—likely derived from a family name—in 1751. The name became established following the construction of a pounding mill after 1815. According to tradition the oldest settlement . . . — Map (db m90779) HM
Virginia (Wise County), Pound Gap — Pound Gap EngagementSouthwest Virginia Gateway
Kentucky Unionists considered Pound Gap second in importance only to Cumberland Gap as a strategic gateway to southwestern Virginia and eastern Tennessee. On the frigid morning of March 16, 1862, Union Gen. James A. Garfield, the future . . . — Map (db m90781) HM
Virginia (Wise County), Pound Gap — The Crooked Road — The Crooked Road — Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail
From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Coalfields region, southwest Virginia is blessed with historic and contemporary music venues, musicians, and fretted instrument makers. Historically isolated, the region retained its strong musical legacy by . . . — Map (db m90782) HM
Virginia (Wise County), Pound Gap — Z-228 — Wise County / Kentucky
Wise County. Wise County was formed in 1856 from Lee, Scott, and Russell Counties. It was named for Henry Alexander Wise who was governor of Virginia from 1856 to 1860. The county seat is the town of Wise. After the Civil War the town of . . . — Map (db m90800) HM
Virginia (Wise County), St Paul — Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to all Veterans in all wars who brought honor to our country and promise to our dreams All gave some Some gave all World War I Total deaths - 116,516 World War I Total deaths - 116,516 World . . . — Map (db m119072) HM
Virginia (Wise County), Wise — Gladeville in the Civil War“The Burnt City”
Gladeville (present-day Wise) served for a time in 1862 as the headquarters for Confederate Gen. Humphrey Marshall, who directed operations in Southwest Virginia. Despite its relative isolation in this part of the state, the community . . . — Map (db m90856) HM
Virginia (Wise County), Wise — KA-14 — Napoleon Hill
Napoleon Hill was born nearby on 26 Oct. 1883. At age 13, he became a “mountain reporter” for small town newspapers. He left Southwest Virginia in 1908 to write magazine profiles of such business leaders as Andrew Carnegie, Henry . . . — Map (db m90860) HM
Virginia (Wise County), Wise — KA-19 — The University of Virginia’s College at Wise
The college was founded at 1954 as Clinch Valley College of the University of Virginia, through the efforts of local citizens and University of Virginia officials including President Colgate W. Darden, Jr.; Samuel H. Crockett, extension services . . . — Map (db m90859) HM
Virginia (Wise County), Wise — XB-4 — Wise
The town of Wise was known as Big Glades when a post office was established here in 1850, Before being incorporated as Wise in 1926 it was also called Gladeville and Wise Court House. Since the creation in 1856 of Wise County, named for Henry . . . — Map (db m90847) HM
Virginia (Wise County), Wise — Wise — The Crooked Road — Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail
Wise. Known variously through the years as Big Glades, Gladesville, and Gladeville, Wise took its current name in 1924 after Henry Alexander Wise, Governor of Virginia before the Civil War. Located on the road between Union Kentucky and the . . . — Map (db m90857) HM

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