Located in north-central WV at the junction of I-79 and Rt 50, Clarksburg was once a thriving coal and glass town. Peaking in 1950 with a population of 32,000, the population dropped to half that in 2000. Most of the population shift was 5 miles east to Bridgeport, which used to be a quiet suburb of Clarksburg. Now, Bridgeport is the busy town with malls, hotels, new housing developments, etc., while Clarksburg slowly fades into the shadows. The downtown was once filled with dime stores, restaurants, department stores, clothing stores, furniture stores, and 2 movie theatres (the Ritz and the Robinson-Grand) which have all closed.
Famous Clarksburgers include Cyrus Vance, who was the Secretary of State under President Jimmy Carter, opera singer Phyllis Curtain, and Lt Gen Stonewall Jackson (see earlier post with his own Historical Marker) And, of course, ME!
For more reading about Clarksburg, click here for Wikipedia.
Historical Marker - County Courthouse Square, 3rd and Main St.
A view of the courthouse square.