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Old 08-19-2009, 01:36 PM   #691
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The Governors' Mansion, located next to the Capitol on Kanawha Blvd.

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Old 08-19-2009, 01:39 PM   #692
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Photo of room inside the Mansion entering the front door.

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Old 08-19-2009, 01:43 PM   #693
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As I was leaving the Mansion, I looked back and saw Gayle Manchin.
Gayle is a very nice lady, I have had the pleasure of dinning with her on a couple of occasions.

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Old 08-19-2009, 01:44 PM   #694
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State Capitol marker located on Greenbrier St. and Kanawha Blvd.

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Old 08-19-2009, 01:47 PM   #695
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State Capitol marker located within the complex.
(Greenbrier St.)

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Old 08-19-2009, 01:53 PM   #696
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WV State Coin - Located inside Capitol, next to Governor's Reception Room.

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Old 08-19-2009, 01:56 PM   #697
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Archives History/Library/Museum/Theater Building.
Located within the Capitol Complex, next to the Capitol.

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Old 08-19-2009, 02:03 PM   #698
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One can find many things in this building.
There is a new exhibit in the museum...quite nice!
Also a new souvenir shop.
A find for us is this marker....new one!

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Old 08-19-2009, 02:09 PM   #699
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DipStick - PM'd you. Thanks.

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Old 08-19-2009, 02:22 PM   #700
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Hawk's Nest Tunnel - Fayette Co

Located about a mile west of the Hawk's Nest Overlook. Was listed as MIA but is back in place with a new coat of paint.

From Wikipedia:

To generate electricity for a plant downstream at Alloy, Union Carbide decided to divert the New River to improve its power generation ability. Beginning in 1927, its contractor Rinehart & Denny began construction of the 3-mile (4.8 km) tunnel carrying the river under Gauley Mountain. A dam was constructed immediately below Hawk's Nest to divert most of the New River flow into the tunnel. It then re-enters the river near Gauley Bridge leaving a section known as "the Dries" in between.

During the construction of the tunnel, workers found the mineral silica and were asked to mine it for use in electroprocessing steel. The workers were not given any masks or breathing equipment to use while mining, despite the fact that management wore such equipment during inspection visit. As a result of the exposure to silica dust, many workers developed silicosis, a debilitating lung disease. A large number of the workers eventually died from the silicosis, in some cases as quickly as within a year.

There are no definitive statistics as to the death toll from the Hawks Nest disaster. According to a historical marker on site, there were 109 admitted deaths. A Congressional hearing placed the death toll at 476. Other sources range from 700 to over 1,000 deaths amongst the 3,000 workers. Many of the workers at the site were African-Americans from the southern United States who returned home or left the region after becoming sick, making it difficult to calculate an accurate total.





Historical Marker located on Rt 60 about a mile west of the Hawk's Nest overlook.




View eastbound on Rt 60 at the turnoff.





From about a mile downstream of the marker, looking back upstream to where the tunnel channels the water back into the river.
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Gauley Bridge - Fayette Co

Located on Rt 60 about 20 miles southeast of Charleston. It's where the New and Gauley Rivers join to form the Kanawha River. Population 738. Beautiful area!

To read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gauley_..._West_Virginia





Historical Marker located on Rt 60 on the east end of the town and bridge.




View of the confluence. New River is closest and to the left (flowing away from you) - Gauley River is flowing in from the right side (under bridge) - Kanawha River is in the distance on the left side flowing away from you.




View downstream at the beginning of the Kanawha River.
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Camp Reynolds - Fayette Co

Not much written about this Civil War Union Army Camp. Located across the Kanawha River from Glen Ferris, about 20 miles east of Charleston.





Historical Marker hidden in the trees along Rt 60 in Glen Ferris.




View eastbound on Rt 60.



View westbound on Rt 60. See what I mean about "hidden in the trees"? I almost missed this one.




View across the Kanawha River to where the Camp would have been.
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Ancient Works - Fayette Co

Located on Rt 60 near Boomer, about 15 miles east of Charleston.

Again - not much online for additional information.




Historical Marker located on the south side of Rt 60 near Boomer.




View east on Rt 60.





View west on Rt 60.




View across the Kanawha River to ridge.
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Old 08-19-2009, 03:15 PM   #704
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Dag-nabbit! (All the marker posts)

Do yinz ever work; have a real job, etc???

Whoops.

Silly me.

Forgot this is about WV. Nobody works over there.
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Old 08-19-2009, 03:22 PM   #705
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Monroe Co / Greenbrier Co, rt 3 Alderson



From the South, home to the oldest organized golf club in the United States. The Oakhurst Links was developed in 1884 and remains open today. Small town country with class in this county.



From the North



Martha decides we need a little break.

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