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Old 05-28-2011, 07:38 AM   #1336
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New EPWV TOR

All you Eastern Panhandlers can now play your own Tag-o-rama game...

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=691858

and you don't need ta be a panhandler to play!
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Old 06-05-2011, 05:18 PM   #1337
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Grant County / Mineral County line - Rt 50

After neglecting this thread for the past few months because of work issues, I'm back. We've still got some markers waiting to be discovered and immortalized, so let's get started.

I found 3 recently replaced/refurbished markers on a trip out to Harper's Ferry. Here's the first one.

Located on Rt 50 at the Grant Co / Mineral Co line, about 5 miles east of Mt. Storm and about 15 miles west of Keyser. Lots of great riding and great scenery in these counties!


For more info on Grant County: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grant_County,_West_Virginia

For more info on Mineral County: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mineral_County,_West_Virginia





Historical Marker - Rt 50 westbound entering Grant Co.




View westbound entering Grant Co.




Same Marker - Side #2, eastbound entering Mineral Co.





View eastbound, entering Mineral Co. (Marker is on the left, directly across from my bike)




Directly across the road from where I took the second photo is this garage. Hmmm, as Bugs would say, "I must have taken a wrong turn at Albuquerque."


I am going to work on getting the spreadsheet updated this week. Thanks for your patience.



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Old 06-16-2011, 04:10 PM   #1338
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Battle of Blue's Gap - Hampshire County

Located on Rt 50, about 14 miles east of Romney.

The following excerpt is from the WV Division of Culture and History Website: http://www.wvculture.org/history/timetrl/ttjan.html

January 7, 1862: Battle of Blue's Gap

When Union General Benjamin Kelley learned of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson's plans to destroy the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal opposite Hancock, Maryland, he met the rebels at Blue's Gap. Blue's Gap is in Hampshire County about 13 miles southeast of Romney. The site of the battle is also known as Hanging Rock. It was an important region during the Civil War because the Northwestern Turnpike, which is now U.S. Route 50, passed through Blues Gap.

The C&O Canal was an avenue for federal supplies. In one attack, Jackson intended to disrupt the canal as well as the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, a significant supply line which ran through Romney. Once these objectives were met, Jackson planned to move across the Allegheny Mountains and drive Union troops from northwestern Virginia.

Kelley thought an attack at Blue's Gap would force a Confederate withdrawal to protect Jackson's headquarters at Winchester, Virginia. It would also relieve pressure on Union troops at Romney. Troops under Colonel Samuel Dunning, the Union commander at Romney, arrived at Blue's Gap on the morning of January 7, 1862.

Various reports number the Confederate killed or captured between 40 and 70, but Dunning reported only 7 prisoners and 7 dead. Union troops suffered no casualties and were back in Romney by 4 o'clock that afternnon. Just three days later, Kelley ordered Union troops to evacuate Romney, which was subsequently occupied by Jackson.

Winter weather forced Jackson to scrap plans to bring northwestern Virginia under Confederate control. Jackson nearly resigned his commission after the Confederate War Department ordered him to abandon Romney. General William Loring had convinced Confederate officials the occupation of Romney had been a strategic mistake. However, Jackson was validated. After the Confederates evacuated Romney, Union troops reopened the entire line of the B&O Railroad.




Historical Marker located on Rt 50 about 14 miles east of Romney. Recently repaired/repainted.




Same marker - Side #2.




View westbound on Rt 50.





View eastbound on Rt 50.


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Old 06-16-2011, 04:23 PM   #1339
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Hampshire County - Oriskany Sand

Located on Rt 50, about 2 miles west of Romney. Nowhere to pull off safely, but I could see any approaching traffic in time to move.

Not much to report about Oriskany Sand except it is popular with the oil & gas exploration going on all over the state. Apparently, this type of sand is capable of holding quite a bit of the stuff.

Here is a lengthy article written about the Oriskany Sand in Pennsylvania, which certainly carries over to West Virginia.

http://extranet.libraries.psu.edu/content/dam/psul/up/emsl/documents/pags_reports/No.111.pdf





Historical Marker located on Rt 50, 2 miles west of Romney. They trees were blocking any possible view of nearby rock formations.





Same marker - Side #2




View westbound on Rt 50.





View eastbound on Rt 50.


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Old 06-16-2011, 06:12 PM   #1340
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Mike,

Hows the arm healing up?
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Mike,

Hows the arm healing up?
The hands/wrists are doing much better after the fall, and the bee sting is about 90% healed. I'm beginning to feel like a human being again.

Thanks for asking.
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Old 07-03-2011, 09:07 AM   #1342
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Monroe County - William Porcher Miles

On our way to Canada, and we certainly can't take the interstates. I spot this on the courthouse lawn in Union.







A "Fire-Eater", you can read a bio here. He didn't get his flag until the General needed it.

A Sheriff's Deputy kindly guided us to the cemetery.





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William Porcher Miles

Thanks, Chip & Martha! Looks like a brand spankin' new one, based on the inscription at the bottom - Sons of Confederate Veterans, 2011.

I will add it to the list and update the spreadsheet soon.

Looking forward to your ride report from Canada.
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Reply from Joe Geiger

I just received an email from Joe Gieger, Director of the WV Dept of Archives & History:

I’ve added the Miles marker to the database but it may take a few days to show up. Couple of others in the works. An Adena Burial Mound just went up in New Martinsville (should be downtown near the river) and an Alum Creek on WV 214 off Corridor G near Charleston. Thanks and best wishes, Joe

Looks like we have a couple of new ones to search out.
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Marker Spreadsheet is (finally) updated!

See link below in signature block.
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Old 07-07-2011, 06:47 PM   #1346
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Looks like this one needs to be replaced.
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On our way to Canada, and we certainly can't take the interstates. I spot this on the courthouse lawn in Union.







A "Fire-Eater", you can read a bio here. He didn't get his flag until the General needed it.

A Sheriff's Deputy kindly guided us to the cemetery.
BTW, Miles came up with the familiar Confederate "battle flag" in order to remove Christian symbols , ironically, due to the objection of a certain Jewish confederate official and secondly, to help distinguish it more easily from the Union "battle flags".
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Looks like this one needs to be replaced.
Yes, this one (located on Rt 39 east of Marlinton, at the east end of a small bridge) is one of the Top 3 in the state in need of replacement.
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Old 08-13-2011, 04:05 PM   #1349
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Don't believe anyone has posted this one yet. Thought I'd better get at least one. On my way to Washington state in a few days. Looks like I'll be there for a while so here goes.
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Don't believe anyone has posted this one yet. Thought I'd better get at least one. On my way to Washington state in a few days. Looks like I'll be there for a while so here goes.
Thanks!! Is this the one located on Rt 2 about 4 miles south of Ravenswood?

I will update the spreadsheet.

Have a safe trip to WA.
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