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Old 08-05-2009, 07:15 PM   #556
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You made the paper!

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I just saw the article in the Clarksburg paper (I know, better late than never, LOL). It was great! I told my wife as soon as I saw the picture and headline, "Hey...that's Pnoman!" Good job, and great what you are doing.

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Old 08-05-2009, 08:02 PM   #557
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as one who contributed, albeit anemically, to the pnoman ride report thread (now he's getting written up? a celeb in our midst? links, please!), I'm planning to ride with the Gov at the end of the month. A buddy of mine and I will be coming from Morgan County (just south of Berkeley Springs), and hope to make this a 3-day camp-and-advride (yeah, I know its not Dakar, but at least we're leaving the razors and deodorant at home). We're looking at maybe staying in the Monongahela Friday on the way out, and Saturday on the way back. Any suggestions on where, and/or alternative routes to Manchin's Mansion?

Also - if anyone is interested in joining up and stampeding into Charleston en masse, bedrolls flapping and Battlewings slapping, weigh in and we can work out the details. Thanks, all -

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Old 08-06-2009, 02:38 AM   #558
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Pnoman:

I just saw the article in the Clarksburg paper (I know, better late than never, LOL). It was great! I told my wife as soon as I saw the picture and headline, "Hey...that's Pnoman!" Good job, and great what you are doing.

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Thanks. Julie Perine wrote a very nice article about all of our efforts to help the refurbishing project. I asked her about checking to get permission to post a copy here on this thread, and I'm waiting on word back from her. I don't want to bust any copyright laws, etc.

On another note, I've heard from about 12 out of 20 riders, and it looks like 8 are "probably yes" for the photo shoot. A couple of "maybe - gotta check the schedule closer to the date". Looks like it will be a good thing if the weather at least semi-cooperates. Hope the guv'na doesn't have a change of schedule. I'll keep everyone updated as we get closer.

I've been putting in long hours at the dealership with this "Cash for Clunkers" program. I'm hoping to sneak out this afternoon for a ride - the first in about 3 weeks. I had a busted fork seal and leaked all my RH fork oil out all over the fender and tire a few weeks ago, but it's fixed now.

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Old 08-06-2009, 07:12 PM   #559
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Upshur/Randolph County - State Route 151

This two sided county line marker is located on route 151.

I couldn't find an accurate description of the marker on the list. There is a Route 33/4 marker that is listed as missing. Could this be the missing marker?

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The Other Side
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Upshur/Randolph County - State Route 151

This two sided county line marker is located on route 151.

I couldn't find an accurate description of the marker on the list. There is a Route 33/4 marker that is listed as missing. Could this be the missing marker?


Interesting...... I'll ask Mr Geiger at Charleston.
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Elm Grove Stone Bridge - Ohio Co

Located in Elm Grove at the junction of Rt 40 and Rt 88, about 6 - 8 miles east of Wheeling.

From the Historic Bridges Website:

This bridge is the oldest bridge in West Virginia. It has carried such prominent American figures as Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, William Henry Harrison, Henry Clay, and Daniel Webster across Wheeling Creek. As an 1817 structure, is is also among the oldest extant bridges in the country. It enjoys further technological significance as a relatively rare example of a stone arch that features the elliptical style of arch. The three span structure was altered in the 1950s when a concrete veneer was plastered over the stone, making it look like a concrete arch bridge. Today, some of that concrete is peeling off, so the stone is visible on a couple places. The railings and sidewalks on the bridge are concrete and are not original, although the concrete railings are still decorative in design and are not modern, dating to a 1931 alteration.

This bridge was both proposed and built by a man named Moses Shepherd who was friends with who was at the time House Speaker Henry Clay. Through this friendship, Shepherd was able to get the contracts to build bridges on a section of the National Road, including the Elm Grove Stone Bridge. He further used his influence to get the Elm Grove Stone Bridge built in a different location than originally proposed, even though it required an extra bridge. This was done so the National Road went by his plantation called Shepherd Hall. He also built a monument to Henry Clay in front of Shepherd Hall to honor Clay's involvement with the National Road. The monument is today demolished, but this monument is what later caused Shepherd Hall to be called Monument Place, and the bridge in turn, the Monument Place Bridge.

The West Virginia National Road Alliance has proposed some changes to the Elm Grove setting, including the rehabilitation of the historic bridge. It is assumed that any rehabilitation would include the removal of the concrete veneer to reveal the beautiful stonework below.




Historical Marker located on the east side of the bridge (westbound lane).




View westbound over the bridge.




View west along the south side of the bridge. I bet it will be really nice if/when they do refurbish the bridge and remove the concrete so the rocks are once again exposed.
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Old 08-08-2009, 05:57 PM   #562
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Forks of Wheeling Creek - Ohio Co

Located in Elm Grove, on Rt 88 about 100 meters south of the junction with Rt 40 in Elm Grove (about 6 - 8 miles east of Wheeling).

Wheeling Creek is formed by the confluence of streams known as the Enlow Fork and the Dunkard Fork in Elm Grove. From there, Wheeling Creek flows northwestwardly into the city of Wheeling.




Historical Marker located on Rt 88 just south of the Rt 40 junction in Elm Grove.



View south/west on Rt 88.




View of the creek looking west into Elm Grove.
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Triadelphia - Ohio Co

Located on Rt 40 about 10 - 12 miles east of Wheeling. Population: 817.

Triadelphia was originally chartered in 1829. Name adopted from the Greek word meaning three brothers, and probably named for the three sons of Colonel Josias Thompson, who donated the land upon which the town was originally laid out. (Wikipedia)




There are two markers located in front of the Community Center. This is Sign #1.




Sign #2 is the first Marker I have seen in color (see next photo for close-up)




Fancy!!




Both Markers are visible in this photo - the second one is just past my bike and the entrance, but is parallel with the road, so it is hard to spot.





From across the road, you can see both Markers a little better.
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Roney's Point - Ohio Co

Located on Rt 40 about 12 - 14 miles east of Wheeling, about midway to the PA border.

Roney's point was named for an early settler with the surname Roney (first name unknown) specifically because the ridges met at a point where Roney's Point Run meets Middle Wheeling Creek.





Historical Marker located on Rt 40 in Roney's Point.




View westbound. The Heimberger House is across the road to the right.




Close up view of the Heimberger House today.
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Ray's Arithmetic - Ohio Co

Located on Rt 40 in Valley Grove, about 5 miles west of the PA border.

For an interesting bio on Joseph Ray, visit the WV Archives and History site - Click Here


(From www.dollarhomeschool.com) The Eclectic Education Series (EEC) is a set of textbooks which, from roughly 1865 to 1915 WAS education in the United States almost exclusively. They were the standard textbooks in many states and were chosen independently by over 10,000 school boards as their standard textbooks.

The EES covered every topic. Some of the series are still household names almost a hundred years after they ceased being used. These include McGuffey's Readers and Ray's Arithmetics. There were many other extraordinary series in the EES such as Pinneo's Grammars, THalheimer's Histories and Norton's Sciences that were used by countless students.
The books provided schools with a brand they could trust - the EES. The authors commissioned to do the various line of textbooks were at the top of their fields. No expenses were spared in creating these incredible textbooks. Original art was commissioned for them, they were typeset with extraordinary care. They were refined and honed through multiple revisions over decades. And they all taught using the same basic principles. As an added bonus, they were often keyed off the cornerstone of the series, the McGuffey Readers, so that a book might say "Use with the 3rd Reader" to give some indication of its intended proficiency level.

The result? A hundred million students in one-room schoolhouses got first-rate educations using the EES - and went on to build and shape America. People like Theodore Roosevelt, who once made the public statement that he did not propose to become a "Meddlesome Matty." This allusion was perfectly clear to the millions of people who used the McGuffey Readers at any time after 1853.

So why did the United States stop using them? It is a sad story: After WWI, John Dewey, the head of the Teachers College at Columbia University launched an all-out campaign to "reform" education. Dewey was a humanist, a socialist, and an atheist. He saw the McGuffey Readers and the entire EES as threats - they emphasized patriotism, traditional values, and the Bible. Dewey believed, in his own words, that public schools should be the "State established church." Dewey viciously attacked the textbooks of the day as "antiquated" and he was able to successfully bring about their demise, as well as the demise of quality public education.




Historical Marker located on Rt 40 in Valley Grove, about 15 miles east of Wheeling. No indication of his house still standing.



View eastbound on Rt 40. Almost to the PA line (once I turn around and head east again).
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Old 08-09-2009, 02:40 PM   #566
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I set out on a short ride today as I finally got ahead of a few things that had been keeping me busy. I headed out towards Bruceton to get three markers along Rt. 26.

The first one was the marker for Bruceton. It's located just North of I-68 exit 93 along Rt. 26. It received its current name from John M. Hoffman, naming after his stepfather, George Bruce, who according to Wikipedia claimed to be direct descendant of Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland. A unique tidbit about Bruceton Mills, is the fact that no other town in the USA shares it's name.



The next marker was Brandonville, further north along Rt.26 at the Junction with Brandonville Pike. I missed this one headed north. Here's why:



Not to worry, headed south its much easier to see.


Look what Google turned up in an application for Virginia Furnace to be placed on the Historic Register (emphasis mine):

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Hanison Hagans (1796-1867), a prominent nineteenth century Preston County merchant, politician, and industrialist, erected the Virginia Furnace. He began his ironmaster career in 1837 when he was elected president
of the short-lived Greenville Furnace and Mining Company. After the failure of the Greenville Furnace in 1839, Hagans turned to other pursuits. He eventually established a stove factory at Brandonville, [West] Virginia in about 1847. Hagans' factory produced a ten-plate stove known as the Hagans' Cooking Stove (also the Brandonville Stove). Stove production required a large quantity of cast iron and perhaps Hagans lacked an adequate supply for his factory. More likely though, Hagans recognized that in 1854 the price of pig iron on the open market had skyrocketed from an average of S22.62 per ton to 96.12 per ton and iron making was suddenly very profitable.' Whatever h s motivations. Hagans decided to build the Virginia Furnace at the Falls of Muddy Creek north of Albright.
Also nearby is a Honor Roll paying tribute to those who served our country. I love seeing small towns pay tribute like this. Imagine if bigger cities did something on a proportionate scale.



Lastly was the marker at the Mason-Dixon line on Rt.26. This one was a strike out. No marker, not even the pole it was on is left.

Also, here are some markers that I have previously noted as missing that need updating on the spreadsheet:

Jackson County/Putnam County on Rt.34 is missing.
Military Survey/Nitro 4 mi E of Exit 45 is currently located in Kanawha County just past the Sates Bridge.

Also of interest, the Putnam County/Kanawha County marker that is supposed to be on Rt. 25 was last spotted laying about at the Nitro City Garage not long ago. I've been meaning to make some phone calls to find out the 411 on it, but I have not had the time. I imagine a fair share of the missing markers are in a similar situation.


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I set out on a short ride today as I finally got ahead of a few things that had been keeping me busy. I headed out towards Bruceton to get three markers along Rt. 26.

The first one was the marker for Bruceton. It's located just North of I-68 exit 93 along Rt. 26. It received its current name from John M. Hoffman, naming after his stepfather, George Bruce, who according to Wikipedia claimed to be direct descendant of Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland. A unique tidbit about Bruceton Mills, is the fact that no other town in the USA shares it's name.

The next marker was Brandonville, further north along Rt.26 at the Junction with Brandonville Pike. I missed this one headed north. Here's why:

Thanks, Chrome. I went up Rt 26 to the PA line back in June (I think) and all the markers were MIA for refurbishing. These 2 look like they've just been repainted. Nice!!



Lastly was the marker at the Mason-Dixon line on Rt.26. This one was a strike out. No marker, not even the pole it was on is left.

The Mason-Dixon and State Line (Preston Co / PA) Markers must still be "in the shop".


Also, here are some markers that I have previously noted as missing that need updating on the spreadsheet:

Jackson County/Putnam County on Rt.34 is missing.
Military Survey/Nitro 4 mi E of Exit 45 is currently located in Kanawha County just past the Sates Bridge.

Also of interest, the Putnam County/Kanawha County marker that is supposed to be on Rt. 25 was last spotted laying about at the Nitro City Garage not long ago. I've been meaning to make some phone calls to find out the 411 on it, but I have not had the time. I imagine a fair share of the missing markers are in a similar situation.

I'll forward the "confirmed missing" to Mr Geiger in Charleston. They may have been in the shop, too.


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I found one at Toll Gate (Rt 50 west of Clarksburg near Harrisville) today on our way home from Parkersburg that had been missing. I even did a Tag-O-Rama there a month or so ago, and it was missing then. Too bad I was in the minivan with the family. Oh well, it's a good excuse to ride back out there!
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George Washington Crossing 1770

Wellsburg, WV - Route 2 at Cross Creek


The view looking North


Looking South


This marker is listed as "Missing" on the master list but it is most definitely there as of today.
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Fort Decker

Follansbee, WV - Main Street (Route 2)



This marker is located inside a park along Main Street in Follansbee.

There is only one marker that I know of although think the master list references two markers for Fort Decker.
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Ohio Co / Pennsylvania Line - Rt 40

Located on Rt 40 at the WV / PA border, about 20-25 miles east of Wheeling. Still part of the old National Pike.

For more on Ohio Co:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ohio_County,_West_Virginia



For more on Pennsylvania:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pennsylvania





Historical Marker located at the WV/PA State Line on Rt 40. Facing west entering WV from PA.




Westbound on Rt 40 entering WV.





Same Marker - Side #2.





Eastbound entering PA on Rt 40. Paint is pretty worn and faded on this side - hard to read.
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