“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Burning Springs, West Virginia

Clickable Map of Wirt 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> Wirt County, WV (13) Calhoun County, WV (12) Jackson County, WV (26) Ritchie County, WV (12) Roane County, WV (19) Wood County, WV (114)  WirtCounty(13) Wirt County (13)  CalhounCounty(12) Calhoun County (12)  JacksonCounty(26) Jackson County (26)  RitchieCounty(12) Ritchie County (12)  RoaneCounty(19) Roane County (19)  WoodCounty(114) Wood County (114)
Elizabeth is the county seat for Wirt County
Burning Springs is in Wirt County
      Wirt County (13)  
      Calhoun County (12)  
      Jackson County (26)  
      Ritchie County (12)  
      Roane County (19)  
      Wood County (114)  
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1 West Virginia, Wirt County, Burning Springs — Burning Springs Oil Field"...drank all the whiskey and burned all the oil" — Jones-Imboden Raid —
(side bar) On April 20, 1863, Confederate Gens. William E. “Grumble” Jones and John D. Imboden began a raid from Virginia through present-day West Virginia on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Taking separate routes, they later reported . . . Map (db m73467) HM
2 West Virginia, Wirt County, Burning Springs — Destruction of Oil Works
On May 9, 1863. a large force of Jones-Imboden raiders rode into Burning Springs and destroyed the local oil industry by setting fire to at least 80 wells and damaging other necessities of the trade. Staying until the morning of the 10th, the . . . Map (db m174380) HM
3 West Virginia, Wirt County, Burning Springs — Population Center
The population center of the United States was in present West Virginia four times as it moved westward across the nation: near Wardensville in 1820; at Smoke Hole in 1830; west of Buckhannon in 1840; near Burning Springs in 1850.Map (db m174387) HM
4 West Virginia, Wirt County, Burning Springs — Rathbone Well
The first well in West Virginia drilled solely for petroleum was located near the mouth of Burning Springs Run. The well was drilled with a “spring pole” by the Rathbones and others from Parkersburg, begun in 1859 completed May 1860. Produced at the . . . Map (db m73463) HM WM
5 West Virginia, Wirt County, Burning Springs — WI 1 — Ruble Church
One of the oldest “still attended” churches in the state, it was built in 1835 of hand-hewed logs. Much effort has been expended on the preservation of church's original appearance. It is heated by a pot-bellied stove and lighted by kerosene . . . Map (db m73491) HM
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Apr. 22, 2024