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West Virginia Historical Markers

 

A photographic survey of over

 1,000 historical markers located

 throughout all 55 counties

 of West Virginia.

 

 

LATEST UPDATES: 

Monongalia (Dec 2020)

 

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Counties (A-M)

 

Links will be added as

photos are posted

 

BARBOUR

 

BERKELEY

 

BOONE

 

BRAXTON

 

BROOKE

 

CABELL

 

CALHOUN

 

CLAY

 

DODDRIDGE

 

FAYETTE

 

GILMER

 

GRANT

 

BREENBRIER

 

HAMPSHIRE

 

HANCOCK

 

HARDY

 

HARRISON

 

JACKSON

 

JEFFERSON

 

KANAWHA

 

LEWIS

 

LINCOLN

 

LOGAN

 

MARION

 

MARSHALL

 

MASON

 

MCDOWELL 

 

MERCER

 

 

 

The West Virginia Historical Marker Program

 

(Excerpts from WV Highway Historical Marker Program website)

 

The West Virginia Highway Historical Marker Program was initiated in 1937 as part of the New Deal as a way to encourage tourism during the Great Depression.  The West Virginia Commission on Historic and Scenic Markers worked with the State Road Commission, Works Progress Administration, and Federal Emergency Relief Administration to place 440 markers during the first year alone.  After World War II, markers were placed at the sites of most state-run facilities and schools.  The West Virginia Historic Commission took over the program in 1963.  Since the late 1960s, the program has been managed by West Virginia Archives and History, which is today part of the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History.

 

To qualify for a marker, the site, property, district, or community honored must possess some degree of significance in state or local prehistory (archaeology), history, natural history, architecture, or cultural life.

 

By the year 2000, approximately 1,000 markers had been placed throughout the state. However, surveys done in the 1990s and 2009-2013 indicated nearly 30% were damaged or missing.  Efforts were made to replace and repair those markers.  Additionally, many markers were replaced with updated, more appropriate wording.   In 2011 and 2012, Archives and History received grants to create 160 new highway historical markers on the Civil War in West Virginia and the creation of the Mountain State.  Archives and History staff members have worked with historians and local historical societies to create these new markers as part of the West Virginia Sesquicentennial Highway Historical Markers Program. 

 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THE WEST VIRGINIA HIGHWAY HISTORICAL MARKER PROGRAM WEBSITE

 

http://www.wvculture.org/history/markers/markers.html 

 

 

 

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Why are we doing this photographic survey?

 

I was born and raised in Clarksburg, WV. As I was growing up, our family traveled throughout West Virginia and I was exposed to many interesting and historical locations.  Unfortunately, I was not interested in history as a young student, and did not research our state’s vast history past purely superficial levels. 

 

After leaving the state for over 20 years as I served in the US Air Force, my wife (Beth, originally from Wisconsin) and I returned to West Virginia in 2008 as our son, Spencer, attended WVU.  As I explored the state on my motorcycle, I became more and more interested in the historical markers along the roadsides.  When I contacted Joe Geiger at the WV Archives and History with questions about the markers, we developed a friendship based on our mutual interest. 

 

I soon discovered his office wanted to go out and survey all of the markers throughout the entire state, but lacked the manpower, time, and resources.  In 2009, in a rare moment of brilliance, I suggested that I ask my fellow riders around the state to seek out and photograph all 700+ remaining markers.  Soon, I had the help of over a dozen riders who were searching back roads and byways for old markers. Over the next few years, our group managed to photograph 835 markers, many of which had been listed as missing. 

 

Since we finished that project, hundreds of old markers have been repaired/replaced and 160 new Sesquicentennial Markers have been added.  Beth and I have wanted to explore more of West Virginia, so we decided to take the challenge of traveling out to all 55 counties and photographing the 1,000+ markers on the current list.  We know it will probably take several years, so there will be empty pages as this is a work in progress.  We hope you enjoy the site, and we hope it encourages you to get out and explore!!

 

 

     

 

Counties (M-W)

 

Links will be added as

photos are posted

 

MINERAL

 

MINGO

 

MONONGALIA

 

MONROE

 

MORGAN

 

NICHOLAS

 

OHIO

 

PENDLETON

 

PLEASANTS

 

POCAHONTAS

 

PRESTON

 

PUTNAM

 

RALEIGH

 

RANDOLPH

 

RITCHIE

 

ROANE

 

SUMMERS

 

TAYLOR

 

TUCKER

 

TYLER

 

UPSHUR

 

WAYNE

 

WEBSTER

 

WETZEL

 

WIRT

 

WOOD

 

WYOMING