Asa Gray / Buffalo Indian Trail - Randolph County
(From Wikipedia) Asa Gray (November 18, 1810 – January 30, 1888) is considered the most important American botanist of the 19th century.
He was instrumental in unifying the taxonomic knowledge of the plants of North America. Of Gray's many works on botany, the most popular was his Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States, from New England to Wisconsin and South to Ohio and Pennsylvania Inclusive. This book, known simply as Gray's Manual, has gone through a number of editions with botanical illustrations by Isaac Sprague and remains a standard in the field.
(From Wikipedia) The Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike was built in the U.S. state of the Commonwealth of Virginia during the second quarter of the 19th century to provide a roadway from Staunton and the upper Shenandoah Valley to the Ohio River at present-day Parkersburg. Engineered by Claudius Crozet through the mountainous terrain, it was a toll road partially funded by the Virginia Board of Public Works. Control of this road became crucial during the American Civil War. Today, the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike can be travelled following Route 47 east from Parkersburg to Linn, then Route 33 east through Weston and Buckhannon to Elkins, then Route 250 south through Beverly and Huttonsville, crossing the West Virginia/Virginia state line to Stauton, Virginia.
Historical Marker - Side #1.
Located on Rt 250 just west of Cheat Bridge, appx 10-12 miles east of Huttonsville. Appx 100 meters east of junction with CR 250/4.
GPS: LAT 38.612526 LON -79.867370 Elevation 3614
Historical Marker - Side #2
View westbound on Rt 250. Marker for Cheat Summit Camp is visible appx 50 meters past the Asa Gray marker.
View eastbound on Rt 250.