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Old 06-18-2009, 11:23 AM   #481
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At the Time of construction, engineered the longest train tunnel in the world. The 4273 foot tunnel through the rock-solid mountain below Rockfish Gap carried traffic from 1858–1944.
According to what I read about Crozet for the Marker in Beverly, this tunnel was started on opposite sides of the mountain, and met in the middle only 6 inches off center!!! Without computers, lasers, etc etc. Imagine what he could do with today's technology.
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Old 06-18-2009, 11:30 AM   #482
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State line marker, Route 42 at the bridge leading into Maryland. Mineral County WV
The village in the background is Kitzmiller, MD.





Inscription is difficult to read.

Formed from Hampshire in 1866 and named for its great mineral deposits. In Mineral County is Fort Ashby, the only standing unit in the chain of frontier forts which were built in 1755 under George Washington's order.
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Old 06-18-2009, 12:04 PM   #483
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Mount Olive Lutheran Church



Marker and church are located on South Fork Road, about 100 yards north of Peru, Hardy County WV.





A unique house below the church at Peru. Across the road are stone ruins, possibly a mill, by the location on the creek.
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Old 06-18-2009, 01:27 PM   #484
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Trout Rock Fort - Pendleton Co

Located about 4 miles south of Franklin on Rt 220.

From www.northamericanforts.com

http://www.northamericanforts.com/East/wveast.html

A VA colonial militia fort located four miles southwest of town. It was a 60-foot square stockade with two blockhouses. The Confederates also used this site to guard a nearby saltpeter mine.





Historical Marker located on Rt 220 about 4 miles south of Franklin. It looks like it was recently refinished.




View south on Rt 220. VA border about 10 miles ahead.




This county sign was next to the marker.
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Old 06-18-2009, 01:47 PM   #485
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WV / VA Border - Rt 220 - Pendleton Co

Located about 15 miles south of Franklin on Rt 220, just north of Monterey, VA. Beautiful country, great riding!





Historical Marker - Side #1




View northbound on Rt 220 entering WV. (Gee, they weren't calling for rain until later )




Historical Marker - Side #2.





View southbound on Rt 220 - entering VA.
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Old 06-18-2009, 06:13 PM   #486
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quote=pnoman]This one's for you, vatrader01. I know how fond you are of the Oriskany Sand Markers . You can add this one to your list.


Notes from a Juniata College report:

The Lower Devonian Oriskany Sandstone of the Appalachian Valley and Ridge (the Ridgeley Sandstone in PA), a quartz arenite, is one of the most economically important formations in the Northeast. It is one of the finest glass sands in the world and is one of the two principal gas producing formations in Pennsylvania.

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There's more to those West Virginia Sands than they tell you on the markers.


West Virginian Sandstone - Glass Sand
In order to be used for high-grade glass manufacturing, sandstone must have at least 98 percent silica. West Virginia is fortunate to have a sandstone of this high quality, the Oriskany sandstone. This sandstone forms the summit of Warm Springs Ridge in Morgan County. The Hancock White Sand Company first quarried this ridge during the Civil War, and by approximately 1906 there were 7 quarries located along the ridge, all extracting Oriskany sandstone. Also quarried in Morgan County is the Tuscarora sandstone, another excellent glass sand. In 1904, the Great Cacapon Silica Sand Company opened a quarry in this sandstone, on the west slope of Cacapon Mountain, just west of Berkeley Springs.
In 1929, the Pennsylvania Glass Sand Corporation took over Oriskany sandstone quarry operations along Warm Springs Ridge, and is today the only major glass sand company in operation in West Virginia. Presently, this company is the largest melting sand producer in the world, with the Berkeley Springs operation alone producing about 1.5 million tons per year.
West Virginia's Oriskany sandstone has been used not only in West Virginia but all over the eastern U. S. for the manufacture of the highest grade of glassware.

See what ya learn chasing down vanilla markers?
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Old 06-18-2009, 07:30 PM   #487
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Huntersville Presbyterian Church

WV39 on the connector between WV28 and WV92.

The sign, side of the church, and my 100% legal and WV DOT approved parking spot.

Front of the church. Stupid power lines.

Edit: removed the photos as they expired and were replaced with random images.
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Old 06-18-2009, 07:31 PM   #488
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On US219 a few miles north of Marlinton.


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Old 06-18-2009, 07:32 PM   #489
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Birthplace of Pearl S. Buck

US219 just north of Hillsboro.

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Old 06-18-2009, 07:33 PM   #490
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Uh... just south of Pearl S. Buck's house? Some locals were watching me like I was leper stopping on their front steps. Time to boogey.

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Old 06-18-2009, 07:34 PM   #491
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Droop Mountain Battle Field


US219 several miles south/west of Hillsboro.

The actual state park turnoff is down the road about 200 feet. This guy was all alone near a gravel pull out.

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Old 06-18-2009, 07:35 PM   #492
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Mill Point


At the intersection of US219 and WV39, north/east of Hillsboro a few miles.


Some old red barn across the road.
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Old 06-18-2009, 07:36 PM   #493
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Marlinton


US219, south side of the town, looking north. [throw up gang sign]

Most people pronounce this MarlinGton. This is wrong. If you're not sure, just say MarlinCOUGHGROANSNORT and call it good.
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Old 06-18-2009, 07:56 PM   #494
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Propst Lutheran Church



Marker is located on Route 21 two miles south of Brandywine, Pendleton County WV



The small white building in the backround is the third Old Probst Church to occupy that site. The first was of log.

A German translation of the surname "Propst", could be "Main Pastor", depending on the old world dialect of the region of their origin.
An excerpt from a family history:

For many decades, this area was called "Germany Valley" and the village was "Probstburg". In 1769, he and his wife Catherine sold, for 5 shillings, 3 1/2 acres of his 415 acre tract in Propstburg for the building of the first Lutheran Church in West Virginia. (He also owned 240 additional acres elsewhere in Germany Valley.) Today, the third "Old Propst Church" stands on that site, along with the cemetery where Michael and his wife, Catherine, are buried.

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Old 06-18-2009, 08:47 PM   #495
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Thought I found the missing Shepherd College marker, but forgot there are 2. The one on German St. is there, but the one on 45(which ends a few blocks west on the same German St.) is also "on campus" which wouldn't be on 45, but near it must have been more towards the middle of the campus, not on 45 itself. Otherwise they would only be a few blocks apart.

Hmm, i've reached cognative overload...
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