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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Fayette County, West Virginia

Clickable Map of Fayette County, West Virginia and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Fayette County, WV (113) Greenbrier County, WV (72) Kanawha County, WV (165) Nicholas County, WV (44) Raleigh County, WV (60) Summers County, WV (45)  FayetteCounty(113) Fayette County (113)  GreenbrierCounty(72) Greenbrier County (72)  KanawhaCounty(165) Kanawha County (165)  NicholasCounty(44) Nicholas County (44)  RaleighCounty(60) Raleigh County (60)  SummersCounty(45) Summers County (45)
Fayetteville is the county seat for Fayette County
Adjacent to Fayette County, West Virginia
      Greenbrier County (72)  
      Kanawha County (165)  
      Nicholas County (44)  
      Raleigh County (60)  
      Summers County (45)  
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1West Virginia (Fayette County), Ansted — "Contentment"
Built, 1830, on the old James River and Kanawha Turnpike. Restored antebellum home of Colonel George W. Imboden, on General Lee's staff, C.S.A. Property and headquarters of the Fayette County Historical Society, organized in 1926.Map (db m50392) HM
2West Virginia (Fayette County), Ansted — "Halfway House"
Regular stop on the James River and Kanawha Turnpike. The original building, dating from before the Revolution, was rebuilt by William Tyree, 1810. During the winter of 1861-62, it was headquarters for Chicago Gray Dragoons.Map (db m67013) HM
3West Virginia (Fayette County), Ansted — ContentmentHome of George W. Imboden
After the Civil War, George W. Imboden lived here with his wife, Mary Tyree, the daughter of William Tyree of Tyree Tavern. When the war began, Imboden enlisted in the Staunton Artillery in Augusta County, Virginia, where he then resided. He . . . Map (db m34371) HM
4West Virginia (Fayette County), Ansted — Did You Know?
The Birdman of West Virginia When thinking of the early aviation history of the United States, many times we think of Dayton or Kitty Hawk. However, the town of Ansted also holds a very special place in the story, as it was the birthplace of . . . Map (db m173335) HM
5West Virginia (Fayette County), Ansted — Hawk’s Nest
Once called Marshall’s Pillar for Chief Justice John Marshall, who came here, 1812. U.S. engineers declare the New River Canyon, 585 feet deep, surpasses the famed Royal Gorge. Tunnel for river makes vast water power here.Map (db m20675) HM
6West Virginia (Fayette County), Ansted — Hawk’s Nest Tunnel
Mouth of the great Hawk's Nest Tunnel, three miles long, which diverts water of New River from its five-mile long gorge. The tunnel, a mile of which is through solid rock, and a 50-foot dam give waterfall of 160 feet for electric power.Map (db m34421) HM
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7West Virginia (Fayette County), Ansted — Hawks Nest Strike
Like many other areas of West Virginia, coal mining has played an important role in the history of Ansted and the surrounding area. Soon after the 1873 completion of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad, coal mines began springing up in the New River . . . Map (db m173339) HM
8West Virginia (Fayette County), Ansted — Hawk's Nest Tunnel Disaster
In 1930 the Union Carbide and Carbon Corporation was in the process of building its new electrometallurgical plant in nearby Boncar (later known as Alloy). It was decided a hydroelectric power station would be constructed near Gauley Bridge with a . . . Map (db m173337) HM
9West Virginia (Fayette County), Ansted — FA 1 — Hawk's Nest Tunnel Disaster
Construction of nearby tunnel, diverting waters of New R. through Gauley Mt. for hydroelectric power, resulted in state’s worst industrial disaster. Silica rock dust caused 109 admitted deaths in mostly black, migrant underground work force of . . . Map (db m34417) HM
10West Virginia (Fayette County), Ansted — History Around the Cupola
Eight panels mounted to the inside of the town gazebo depict some historical and notable features of the town. Panel 1 - Town of Ansted The town of Ansted, West Virginia chartered in 1891, was created because of coal. The town's . . . Map (db m173340) HM
11West Virginia (Fayette County), Ansted — Jackson's Mother
In Westlake Cemetery is the grave of the mother of General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. The monument at the grave was placed by Captain Thomas Ranson, who had fought in Jackson's old brigade in the War between the States.Map (db m34376) HM
12West Virginia (Fayette County), Ansted — New Haven Veterans' MemorialVFW Post 7695
Proudly and humbly dedicated this Memorial to all who served our country; especially those who gave the ultimate sacrificeMap (db m34499) WM
13West Virginia (Fayette County), Ansted — Salt Sand
The sheer cliffs of Nuttall sandstones forming the walls of the New River Gorge are the "Salt Sands" of the driller. These sands produce oil and natural gas in West Virginia and commercial brines on the Kanawha and Ohio Rivers. Sponsored . . . Map (db m34420) HM
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14West Virginia (Fayette County), Ansted — Tyree TavernConfederate and Union Headquarters
During his and Gen. Henry Alexander Wise’s unsuccessful Kanawha Valley campaign, Confederate Gen. John B. Floyd made his headquarters here, August 17-18, 1861, while Wise camped on the top of Big Sewell Mountain. In 1862, according to an inscription . . . Map (db m59937) HM
15West Virginia (Fayette County), Ansted — Westlake CemeteryBurial Place of Julia Jackson
This is one of the earliest identified cemeteries west of the Allegheny Mountains. William Tyree, owner of nearby Tyree Tavern, and Confederate Col. George W. Imboden, brother of Gen. John D. Imboden, are buried here. The cemetery is best known, . . . Map (db m173345) HM
16West Virginia (Fayette County), Ansted — William Nelson Page
William Nelson Page became one of the leading managers and developers of West Virginia's coalfields in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with much of his time being spent here in Ansted. While president of the Gauley Mountain Coal Company, . . . Map (db m173338) HM
17West Virginia (Fayette County), Belva — Seaberry Arms Osborne
Nearby is grave of Seaberry Osborne (circa, 1815-66), daughter of Chief Running Bear. She married Solomon Osborne in Cherokee, N.C. and in 1838 fled to escape “Trail of Tears.” The Native American pioneers found sanctuary in the mountains and . . . Map (db m138009) HM
18West Virginia (Fayette County), Boomer — Ancient Works
On a ridge between Armstrong and Loop creeks across the river are extensive prehistoric stone ruins whose walls are several miles long, and enclose a large area. Many of these stones are from the valley below the old wall.Map (db m20820) HM
19West Virginia (Fayette County), Clifftop — Camp Washington Carver — African American Heritage Tour —
On July 26, 1942 the first African American 4-H camp in the United States was opened here in Fayette County. A 1929 report showed that 44 of the state’s 55 counties had 4-H camps for white children, hut none for black children. Fleming Adolphus . . . Map (db m138104) HM
20West Virginia (Fayette County), Clifftop — Camp Washington-Carver
Camp named for Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) and George Washington Carver (1864-1943). Land deeded for sum of $5.00 by Charles and Kathryn Midelburg. Constructed 1939-1942 by local WPA labor with materials found on site including stone and native . . . Map (db m138103) HM
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21West Virginia (Fayette County), Fayetteville — Abraham Vandal
Plaque One Abraham Vandal 1758-1848 * Born in Dutchess, NY * Soldier in the American Revolutionary War 1776-1781 * Married Mary Dillon 1780 * Father of Eight Children * Early Fayetteville Settler * In 1812 Abraham . . . Map (db m55816) HM
22West Virginia (Fayette County), Fayetteville — American Legion Post 149 Veterans Memorial Torch
This torch has been erected by American Legion Post 149 Fayetteville. West Virginia as a tribute to the veterans of all wars who by their patriotism and loyalty served God and CountryMap (db m203948) WM
23West Virginia (Fayette County), Fayetteville — Battle of FayettevilleDefense and Retreat
During the Civil War, Fort Scammon stood in front of you on the hill behind the courthouse. There, on September 10, 1862, Union Col. Edward Siber and the 1,500 men of his 37th Ohio Infantry defended Fayetteville against Confederate Gen. William . . . Map (db m59214) HM
24West Virginia (Fayette County), Fayetteville — Battle of Fayetteville(1862) / (1863)
Battle of Fayetteville (1862) On September 10, 1862, soldiers under the command of Confederate Gen. W.W. Loring attacked Union forces in Fayetteville under Col. Edward Siber, driving them out of the town towards Charleston, where fighting . . . Map (db m120516) HM
25West Virginia (Fayette County), Fayetteville — Enduring Beauty — New River Gorge National River —
You are in the New River watershed, a place where streams and rainfall drain to a common outlet. Here that outlet is the New River. This 320 mile river is the main stem of a 7,000 square mile watershed that starts in the western mountains of North . . . Map (db m179414) HM
26West Virginia (Fayette County), Fayetteville — Fayette County Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial
(Side A) I have taken an oath To serve and protect my fellow man Guide me safely in my duties To do the very best I can Give me the ability To stop those things that are wrong To bring comfort and safety by restoring it to . . . Map (db m161223)
27West Virginia (Fayette County), Fayetteville — Fayette County Soldiers & Sailers Memorial Building
In grateful memory of those who gave their all for their countryMap (db m203949) WM
28West Virginia (Fayette County), Fayetteville — Fayetteville
In the attack on Federal forces here, 1863. Milton W. Humphreys, the educator and soldier, gunner of Bryan's Battery, 13th Virginia Light Artillery, C.S.A., first used “indirect firing,” now in universal military use.Map (db m55815) HM
29West Virginia (Fayette County), Fayetteville — Fayetteville Korean War Memorial
Left Marker Fayetteville Town Park Memorial Park was presented to citizens of Fayetteville to honor all veterans who served to defend their country. LaFayette Post No. 149, The American Legion, obtained lease for this property on August . . . Map (db m161226) WM
30West Virginia (Fayette County), Fayetteville — Fayetteville Town Park
Memorial Park was presented to citizens of Fayetteville to honor all veterans who served to defend their country. LaFayette Post No. 149, The American Legion, obtained lease for this property on August 4, 1958 from the New River Pocahontas Coal Co. . . . Map (db m76724) HM WM
31West Virginia (Fayette County), Fayetteville — From Coal Mining to Rock ClimbingNew River Gorge National River — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
The same geological process that produced the region's coal seams also resulted in a layer of sandstone perfect for rock climbing This layer, called Nuttall Sandstone, has its origins in the ancient formation of the Appalachian Mountains. As . . . Map (db m165212) HM
32West Virginia (Fayette County), Fayetteville — Growth of an EraNew River Gorge National River — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Mining towns sprang up along the banks of the New River when, in 1873, the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway created a pathway for transportation through the region. Thurmond, Kaymoor, Nuttallburg, Fayette, and other communities formed due to the . . . Map (db m165210) HM
33West Virginia (Fayette County), Fayetteville — Indirect Firing
Nearby on May 19-20, 1863, Corp. Milton W. Humphreys, gunner in Bryan's Battery, 13th Virginia Light Artillery, C.S.A., made first use of indirect artillery fire in warfare. Target was Union fort in Fayetteville.Map (db m55814) HM
34West Virginia (Fayette County), Fayetteville — Land Of The Free
Land of the free Because of the braveMap (db m203952) WM
35West Virginia (Fayette County), Fayetteville — Lest We Forget
Presented to Lafayette Post 149 American Legion by Scotia Coal & Coke Company in recognition of the services rendered by our employees who served in World War IIMap (db m203953) WM
36West Virginia (Fayette County), Fayetteville — Marquis de Lafayette(1757-1834)
Front Plaque French Statesman Friend of the American Revolution “...The new County so to be formed be called Lafayette or Fayette County to perpetuate a remembrance of his virtues and philanthropy through future ages of our . . . Map (db m55817) HM
37West Virginia (Fayette County), Fayetteville — Morris Harvey House
Morris Harvey House has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior 1902Map (db m204329) HM
38West Virginia (Fayette County), Fayetteville — Natural Renewal
The gorge, like all environments, is continually changing. Change peaked in the late 1800s when logging, mining, and the railroad converged to play a vital role in the industrialization of the United States. By the 1960s, industrial . . . Map (db m165213) HM
39West Virginia (Fayette County), Fayetteville — New River Gorge Bridge
New River Gorge Bridge has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places August 14, 2013 by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m165219) HM
40West Virginia (Fayette County), Fayetteville — Spanning the GorgeNew River Gorge National River — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
With the opening of the iconic New River Gorge Bridge on October 22, 1977, the challenge of getting across the 876 foot deep gorge was solved. The bridge dramatically decreased travel time. A 45 minute winding drive down and back up suddenly . . . Map (db m165211) HM
41West Virginia (Fayette County), Fayetteville — The Bridge
When the New River Gorge Bridge was completed on October 22, 1977, a travel challenge was solved. The bridge reduced a 45-minute drive down narrow mountain roads and across one of North America's oldest rivers to less than a minute drive. . . . Map (db m165220) HM
42West Virginia (Fayette County), Fayetteville — The Right for Safety and Equality — New River Gorge National River —
The primary goal of most coal mining companies in New River Gorge was to maximize profits and decrease costs. It was common for coal companies to put physical and social needs of their workers and families last. Safety, health, social service and . . . Map (db m179418) HM
43West Virginia (Fayette County), Fayetteville — Townsend's Ferry
John Townsend bought a large tract of land here in 1841, an area that became Lansing Ames Heights and Canyon rim Park. Operated a ferry that provided commercial transport across the river at site of present bridge until the civil war. Grandson . . . Map (db m78288) HM
44West Virginia (Fayette County), Fayetteville — Vandalia Cemetery
Masonic group owned property in 1854. Baptists worshipped here prior to Civil War, but building destroyed during the conflict. Contains 29 marked graves, including town's early settlers and soldiers of the Civil War. A number of graves are marked . . . Map (db m76708) HM
45West Virginia (Fayette County), Fayetteville — Working In a Coal Mine — New River Gorge National River —
Imagine shoveling coal all day while balanced on your knees! In the coal mines of the gorge, the height of the mines corresponded to the height of the coal seam, in some cases just three feet tall. To loosen the coal, explosives were set of at the . . . Map (db m179416) HM
46West Virginia (Fayette County), Gauley Bridge — Battles For The BridgesGauley Bridge - A Town in Between
When the war began, most residents of this part of present-day West Virginia were Confederate in their sympathies. Both Confederate and Union forces considered the wooden covered bridge here strategically important because the James River and . . . Map (db m34373) HM
47West Virginia (Fayette County), Gauley Bridge — Christopher Q. Tompkins / Gauley Mount
Christopher Q. Tompkins Born 1813 in Matthews County, VA. Tompkins was an 1836 graduate of West Point. A prominent industrial businessman in the Kanawha Valley before the Civil War, from May to November 1861 he was colonel of the . . . Map (db m138027) HM
48West Virginia (Fayette County), Gauley Bridge — Gauley Bridge
Here New and Gauley rivers unite to form Great Kanawha River. Piers still stand of old bridge destroyed by the Confederate troops in 1861. Here Thomas Dunn English, author of the ballad, "Ben Bolt," wrote "Gauley River".Map (db m20818) HM
49West Virginia (Fayette County), Gauley Bridge — Gauley Bridge War Memorial
Today we stand on a silent battlefield. The smoke of guns long since cooled hangs densely about our feet. Thousands of white crosses honor the noble dead. The wars are over. And the empty echoes of yesterday’s cannons ring dimly in our ears. . . . Map (db m138034) WM
50West Virginia (Fayette County), Glen Ferris — Camp Reynolds
Located across Kanawha River from this point was Civil War camp for Union Army, 1862-64. Site had 56 cabins and parade grounds for 23rd Ohio Vol. Inf. commanded by Col. Rutherford B. Hayes and Lt. William McKinley, future United States presidents.Map (db m50397) HM
51West Virginia (Fayette County), Glen Jean — Bank of Glen JeanNew River Gorge National River — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
From 1909 to 1939, the Bank of Glen Jean provided financial power for the mines, towns, and people along Dunloup Creek, shaping the lives of many in the New River coal fields. William McKell served as president for the bank's entire existence . . . Map (db m165214) HM
52West Virginia (Fayette County), Glen Jean — Glen JeanNew River Gorge National River — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
The town of Glen Jean-and a small empire-began as a wedding gift. In 1870, Thomas McKell of Ohio received about 12,500 acres of West Virginia land from his father-in-law. After geologists confirmed the presence of coal, McKell purchased another . . . Map (db m165216) HM
53West Virginia (Fayette County), Glen Jean — Glen Jean Athletic Club
Directly across the street stood the Glen Jean Athletic Club. Alongside it was the ball bark. These, along with tennis and croquet courts, made Glen Jean a center for indoor and outdoor sports. In New River’s coal towns, baseball was a major . . . Map (db m99966) HM
54West Virginia (Fayette County), Glen Jean — Play Ball!New River Gorge National River — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
In New River coal towns, baseball was a major part of social life. Fierce competition sometimes prompted coal companies to hire workers, or pay them more, based upon athletic ability. Glen Jean teams played against other company town teams . . . Map (db m167363) HM
55West Virginia (Fayette County), Hilton Village — Andrew & Charles Lewis March
The nearby highway is part of route traversing W.Va. from Lewisburg to Point Pleasant memorialized by the state to commemorate the march of the American Colonial army of 1,200 men led by Andrew & Charles Lewis. After a month's march this army . . . Map (db m33809) HM
56West Virginia (Fayette County), Kaymoor — Kaymoor One Mine
Kaymoor was one of the largest coal mine complexes in the New River Gorge. You are at Kaymoor One. Here workers mined over 16 million tons of coal and processed one million tons of coke between 1899 and 1962. Kaymoor was a company town, built . . . Map (db m165222) HM
57West Virginia (Fayette County), Kaymoor — Mountain Haulage
Getting around at Kaymoor was a challenge. Workers and their families either lived at Kaymoor Top, where you are standing now, or 900 feet below at Kaymoor Bottom. Company employees either worked in the middle of the gorge (bench) where the coal . . . Map (db m165221) HM
58West Virginia (Fayette County), Lansing — A Tale of Two TownsFayette and South Fayette — New River Gorge National River —
On opposite sides of the New River, the twin mining towns of Fayette and South Fayette were established along the tracks of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway. The company town of Fayette provided miners with housing, a company store, a school, post . . . Map (db m179372) HM
59West Virginia (Fayette County), Lansing — A Vital LinkFayette Station Bridge — New River Gorge National River —
The original Fayette Station Bridge built in 1889 provided a much needed way to reach the other side of the gorge. No longer did people have to take a dangerous and time-consuming ferry to get across the river. The bridge you are standing on . . . Map (db m179369) HM
60West Virginia (Fayette County), Lansing — New RiverAn Eastern Oddity
Nine hundred feet below, New River flows north. North? Odd in the American east where rivers don’t flow north. Oddities seem common at New River. The river’s name and age are both unusual. No one knows the name’s origin: some say explorers found . . . Map (db m99982) HM
61West Virginia (Fayette County), Lansing — New River Gorge Scenic DrivesNew River Gorge National River
You may find it hard to believe that the New River Gorge was once teeming with activity. Coal mining dominated the economy and social structure of the state of West Virginia between 1875 and 1950. During this time over forty coal mining towns were . . . Map (db m165274) HM
62West Virginia (Fayette County), Lansing — Smoke, Coke, Coal, and KaymoorNew River Gorge
In the early 1900’s, mines and mining towns lined New River Gorge. One such town, Kaymoor, stood in the distance where the river disappears from view. Kaymoor typified New River’s mining era. For years New River Gorge’s rugged remoteness defied . . . Map (db m99988) HM
63West Virginia (Fayette County), Lansing — The Bridge
Completed in 1977, New River Bridge is the world’s longest single-arch steel span bridge. At 876 feet above the river it is American’s 2nd-highest bridge. Features to Notice Color. The steel used here, Cor-ten steel, rusts slightly on the . . . Map (db m99996) HM
64West Virginia (Fayette County), Lansing — The Deceptive ForestNew River Gorge
Notice the tree-covered slopes of the Gorge—they are not as they appear. From here the solid forest cover from riverbottom to ridgetop all looks pretty much the same, but, a close look reveals great differences. The forest varies with slope, . . . Map (db m99980) HM
65West Virginia (Fayette County), Lansing — Trail to Bridge OverlookNew River Gorge Bridge
This walkway leads to views of the New River Bridge. An easily-accessible upper overlook provides a scenic view framed by trees. From there the walkway descends 200 feet down a steep stairway to a broad view of the bridge, gorge, and New River 600 . . . Map (db m99993) HM
66West Virginia (Fayette County), Lansing — Welcome to New River Gorge National River
What is so special here? Why did the United States Congress in 1978 add New River Gorge to America’s system of National Parks? Because at New River Gorge National River there is: (Inscriptions under the images-left to right, top to bottom) *An . . . Map (db m99975) HM
67West Virginia (Fayette County), Layland — Layland Mine Disaster
Site of largest mine disaster in Fayette County history. On 2 March 1915, coal dust in Layland #3 ignited, killing 112 men; 42 of 53 survivors were rescued 6 March, one mile inside 10th left section behind barricade they built.Map (db m140484) HM
68West Virginia (Fayette County), Lookout — Spy Rock
Sandstone formation at 2510 feet is landmark known for view of Sewell Mt. range to SE. Known as "Rock of Eyes" by Native Americans and dubbed "Spy Rock" by Civil War soldiers. Sept. 1861, Gen. J.D. Cox and 5,000 Union soldiers camped here to oppose . . . Map (db m34430) HM
69West Virginia (Fayette County), Montgomery — Christopher H. Payne
Born in slavery in Monroe Co., Sept. 7, 1848, he worked as servant in the Confederate army. Served as teacher and ordained Baptist minister; estab. West Virginia Enterprise, Pioneer, & Mountain Eagle papers; later a lawyer. First . . . Map (db m34413) HM
70West Virginia (Fayette County), Montgomery — Fayette County / Kanawha County
Fayette County Formed in 1831 from Nicholas, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Logan. Named for General Lafayette. On New River, 1671, Batts and Fallam officially claimed Mississippi Valley for Great Britain in opposition to the claim of France. . . . Map (db m76931) HM
71West Virginia (Fayette County), Montgomery — Montgomery
Settled before the Revolution by Levi Morris, whose father, William Morris, made the first permanent settlement in the Great Kanawha Valley. Named Coal Valley in 1879. Renamed when incorporated in 1891 for James C. Montgomery.Map (db m138010) HM
72West Virginia (Fayette County), Montgomery — Montgomery
Settled before the Revolution by Levi Morris, whose father, William Morris, made the first permanent settlement in the Great Kanawha Valley. Named Coal Valley in 1879. Renamed when incorporated in 1891 for James C. Montgomery.Map (db m138013) HM
73West Virginia (Fayette County), Montgomery — West Virginia Institute of Technology
State institution established in 1895 as Preparatory Branch of West Virginia University. In 1931, name was changed to New River State College. Became a multipurpose college in 1941, known as West Virginia Institute of Technology.Map (db m76933) HM
74West Virginia (Fayette County), Mossy — Coal Camp History
With railroads came thousands of workers looking to make a new life in the coalfields. In the late 1800’s and well into the mid-1900’s, many Appalachian miners lived in company towns called “Coal Camps”. Mine operators built . . . Map (db m34443) HM
75West Virginia (Fayette County), Mossy — MossyPaint Creek Scenic Trail — Raleigh, Fayette, & Kanawha Counties, WV —
1913-Union organizer Mary "Mother" Jones imprisoned in Pratt. 1913-Approximate location of the striking miners tent colony that was fired on by mine guards wielding a machine gun mounted on the "Bull Moose" special train 1919-7 miners are . . . Map (db m34438) HM
76West Virginia (Fayette County), Mossy — The Rebirth of Paint Creek
Soon after settlers arrived in Paint Creek, the landscape and population changed forever with the discovery of coal. Within just a few years, mines began operating at Paint Creek under the ownership of New York businessman William Henry Greene. . . . Map (db m34436) HM
77West Virginia (Fayette County), Mount Hope — A Commercial Center — The Dunloup Creek Watershed —
As the community of Mount Hope developed with the coal interests during the early 20th century, it emerged as one of the premier commercial and industrial centers of the New River coalfields, serving a steady customer base of both workers and . . . Map (db m179359) HM
78West Virginia (Fayette County), Mount Hope — Bailey Row — The Dunloup Creek Watershed —
Unlike nearby Kilsyth, most of the housing within Mount Hope was constructed without formal company planning. One Exception, however, was a cluster of 14 identical houses developed by the Mount Hope Coal Company on the outskirts of the community . . . Map (db m179365) HM
79West Virginia (Fayette County), Mount Hope — DuBois High School
An African American high school formed in 1917, it educated black Fayette County children until 1956. Students were taught in community buildings and churches, 1950-1954, after the school was destroyed by fire. The second DuBois High . . . Map (db m140445) HM
80West Virginia (Fayette County), Mount Hope — Dubois School HistorySo let us not forget the roots that brought us this far
A cadre of excellent teachers sharing and imparting values produced students with interests and community endeavors, fundraising, and contributions to projects throughout the world. Leadership – Principals see photo . . . Map (db m161345) HM
81West Virginia (Fayette County), Mount Hope — Mount Hope Coal History
With the birth of the Coal Industry, Mount Hope would play a very important role. During Mount Hope's early history, settlers began removing coal from a seam on the side of a mountain. Commercial mining of coal had been in effect since the . . . Map (db m161343) HM
82West Virginia (Fayette County), Mount Hope — Mount Hope Early Town History
Native Americans used the area of Sugar. Dunloup, and Mill Creeks for hunting until Virginia's Governor purchased land south of the Kanawha River in 1770. Raids continued until General Anthony Waynes won a decisive victory in Ohio in 1794 securing . . . Map (db m161340) HM
83West Virginia (Fayette County), Mount Hope — Mount Hope Landmarks
Many structures built during the coal boom remain throughout the town of Mount Hope showing the business and industrial center that Mount Hope once was. The stone bank building that survived the fire of 1910 and the New River Coal Company office . . . Map (db m161338) HM
84West Virginia (Fayette County), Mount Hope — Mount Hope School History
By 1872 there were only three families, that of C.C. Brown, the Warner's and the McGinnis’ living in the area now known as Mount Hope. They built a one room wooden schoolhouse replacing the first school held in the Blake Ian kitchen and in a tenant . . . Map (db m161276) HM
85West Virginia (Fayette County), Mount Hope — World War I MemorialRoll of Honor
In memory of our local loyal defenders who offered their lives in the cuase of world democracy, 1914–1918. White Roy Arnold • Wm. M. Armentrout • Robert Archer •Edward Brock •Albert S. Bradley • Clarence Bailey • Lonard Boggess • Lake . . . Map (db m179276) WM
86West Virginia (Fayette County), Nallen — Nallen / Wilderness Lumber Company
Nallen. Wilderness Lumber Co. camp, named for John I. Nallen, manager, circa 1916. John Bayes family settled in 1825 later by James Miller, who had ferry across Meadow R. Served by Sewell Valley, later NF&G connection to C&O RR. . . . Map (db m138102) HM
87West Virginia (Fayette County), Oak Hill — Hank Williams — The Last RideHank Williams Dies En Route to Shows
The legendary Hank Williams recorded 30 hit singles, including seven number-one hits, on the Billboard Top Ten country-western charts in six years. However, his erratic behavior caused by a mixture of alcohol and narcotics caused WSM’s Grand . . . Map (db m179221) HM
88West Virginia (Fayette County), Oak Hill — Hank Williams Memorial17 September 1923 – 1 January 1953
On 1 January 1953 in Oak Hill, West Virginia, Hank Williams Sr. made his last stop on his last tour. This memorial is dedicated by his fans who wish to keep his memory and music alive forever.Map (db m179255) HM
89West Virginia (Fayette County), Oak Hill — Oak Hill Railroad Depot
Built in 1903 by the White Oak Railway Company, the depot is one of the oldest surviving structures in the community. It was leased by the Virginian Railway Company in 1912, then purchased in 1922, and is the only extant Virginian depot in West . . . Map (db m143111) HM
90West Virginia (Fayette County), Oak Hill — Oakwood Mine Complex
White Oak Fuel Company built the Oakwood Mine Complex in 1902. In 1915, 21 miners died when gas in the mine exploded. A year later, the original wooden tipple was upgraded to a multi-story steel structure. New River Company ran the mine after . . . Map (db m76691) HM
91West Virginia (Fayette County), Prince — Fayette County / Raleigh County
Fayette County. Formed in 1831 from Nicholas, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Logan. Named for General Lafayette. On New River, 1671, Batts and Fallam officially claimed Mississippi Valley for Great Britain in opposition to the claim of France. . . . Map (db m140483) HM
92West Virginia (Fayette County), Quinnimont — Quinnimont Missionary Baptist ChurchAfrican American Heritage Tour — New River Gorge National River, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
In 1870 the Quinnimont Charter Oak and Iron Company built an iron furnace on Laurel Creek, which operated for three years. The main line of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway was completed through the gorge in the spring of 1873, and by fall the . . . Map (db m165223) HM
93West Virginia (Fayette County), Rainelle — Gen. Robert E. Lee
Near here, at highest point on the Midland Trail, Gen. Robert E. Lee had headquarters during his campaign in West Virginia in 1861. His famous war horse “Traveler,” was brought to him here from the Andrew Johnston farm in . . . Map (db m164702) HM
94West Virginia (Fayette County), Rainelle — Sewell Mountain Campaign
From August to October 1861, about 17,000 Union and Confederate troops operated near the Sewell Mountain area. Waiting for a major battle that never came, many soldiers died of disease caused by foul weather. Excessive rainfall hampered . . . Map (db m138110) HM
95West Virginia (Fayette County), Ravenseye — Old Stone House
Southwest is the Old Stone House, built, 1824, by Richard Tyree on the James River and Kanawha Turnpike. It was visited by Jackson, Clay, Webster, Benton, and other notables. Here Matthew Fontaine Maury wrote his book on navigation.Map (db m138108) HM
96West Virginia (Fayette County), Terry — Army CampNew River Gorge National River
Camp Prince, or Army Camp as it was known locally, was a site operated by the 1428th Engineer Float Bridge Company. It opened around 1950 as a training and testing ground for the quick assembly of temporary floating bridges. These bridges . . . Map (db m161180) HM
97West Virginia (Fayette County), Thurmond — A Railroad TownNew River Gorge National River — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
The Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Railway mainline was Thurmond's main street, the core of this town's identity. As one of the busiest centers of activity in this region of coal commerce, Thurmond was the only place in a 73-mile stretch where . . . Map (db m165257) HM
98West Virginia (Fayette County), Thurmond — A Town Built on Top of ItselfNew River Gorge National River — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Thurmond ran from the river's edge up the hill. Homes dotted the hillside. Large businesses (like Hotel Thurmond and Armour Meat Company) along with small shops (a jeweler, shoemaker, barber, and others) served the needs of residents and . . . Map (db m165248) HM
99West Virginia (Fayette County), Thurmond — Changing TownNew River Gorge National River — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
As access to places outside the gorge improved, Thurmond's importance declined. Area coal mines also declined in productivity. The most significant changes, however, came by 1949 when the nation's railroad industry had switched from steam to . . . Map (db m165249) HM
100West Virginia (Fayette County), Thurmond — Fueling Up TrainsNew River Gorge National River — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
A major use of coal was as fuel for steam trains. Coal was used to heat the water in the boiler of each locomotive, making steam that powered the train engines. As one of the few places in the gorge where locomotives could be refueled, the . . . Map (db m165246) HM

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