Preston County

Preston County is located in the north-central part of West Virginia.  It has a population of 33,520 (2010 Census) and the county seat is Kingwood.  Preston County is home to the annual Buckwheat Festival. Its northern border is with Pennsylvania, and its eastern border is with Maryland.  

 

Major cities in Preston County include Kingwood, Bruceton Mills, Terra Alta, Masontown, Reedsville, Arthurdale, Tunnelton, Aurora, and Rowlesburg.

 

https://www.wvencyclopedia.org/articles/1915  

 

GOOGLE EARTH MAP WITH MARKER LOCATIONS – PRESTON COUNTY


KINGWOOD

LOCATION:  KINGWOOD, PRESTON COUNTY COURTHOUSE,  CORNER OF MAIN ST (RT 7) AND PRICE ST.

GPS:

39* 28’ 18” N / 79* 41’ 16” W

39.471903 N / 79.688044 W

PHOTOS 08 MAY 2021

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingwood,_West_Virginia

ANNUAL BUCKWHEAT FESTIVAL 

NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES DOCUMENT


PRICE’S TAVERN

LOCATION:  KINGWOOD, PRESTON COUNTY COURTHOUSE, CORNER OF MAIN ST (RT 7) AND PRICE ST.

GPS:

39* 28’ 18” N / 79* 41’ 14” W

39.471892 N / 79.687473 W

PHOTOS 08 MAY 2021

https://wvhistoryonview.org/catalog/015876


WILLIAM G. BROWN

LOCATION: KINGWOOD, RT 7 APPX 3/4 MILE NORTHWEST OF THE COUNTY COURTHOUSE. LOCATED IN SMALL ROADSIDE PARK

GPS:

39* 28′ 30″ N, 79* 41′ 50″ W

39.475025 N, 79.697356 W

PHOTOS 08 MAY 2021


JAMES C. MCGREW

LOCATION:  KINGWOOD, MAIN ST (RT 7). APPX 100 YARDS EAST OF PRICE ST AND COURTHOUSE.

GPS:

39* 28’ 19” N / 79* 41’ 10” W

39.472113 N / 79.686343 W

WV ARCHIVES AND HISTORY ARTICLE 

NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES DOCUMENT

PHOTOS 08 MAY 2021


DUNKARD BOTTOM

LOCATION:  RT 7, APPX 3 MILES EAST OF DOWNTOWN KINGWOOD AND APPX 300 YARDS EAST OF JUNCTION WITH RT 72.  EAST END OF BRIDGE AT ST JOE ROAD (CR 7/12)

GPS:

 39* 27’ 37” N / 79* 38’ 59” W

39.460410 N / 79.649733 W

PHOTOS 08 MAY 2021

POSSIBLY RELATED TO DUNKARD BRETHERN

ALSO:  https://www.wvencyclopedia.org/articles/2101 


DR LOOMIS’ GRAVE

LOCATION:  TERRA ALTA, APPX 2 MILES WEST OF DOWNTOWN ON RT 7.  GRAVE IS LOCATED APPX 50 YARDS UP THE HILL AT A 45-DEGREE ANGLE TO THE LEFT OF THE ENTRANCE.

GPS:

39* 27’ 10” N / 79* 33’ 12” W

39.452992 N / 79.553549 W

MARKER PHOTOS 08 MAY 2021

GRAVESITE PHOTO MAY 2009

PHOTO #7 IS AN OLD VIRGINIA MARKER

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahlon_Loomis

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TERRA ALTA

LOCATION:  TERRA ALTA, RT 7 APPX 100 FEET EAST OF JUNCTION WITH MAIN STREET (AURORA PIKE)

GPS: 

39* 26’44” N / 79* 32’ 45” W

39.445580 N / 79.546105 W

PHOTOS 08 MAY 2021

PHOTO #5 – OLD POSTCARD OF NOW RT 7

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terra_Alta,_West_Virginia


HOPEMONT STATE HOSPITAL

LOCATION:  HOPEMONT, RT 7, APPX 3 MILES WEST OF MARYLAND BORDER, AND APPX 2 MILES EAST OF TERRA ALTA

*** MISSING – 08 MAY 2021 ***

NOTES: MARKER WAS PREVIOUSLY LOCATED IN GRASS FIELD BEHIND HOPEMONT SIGN NEAR THE UTILITY POLE. NO EVIDENCE WAS FOUND OF THE MARKER/POLE/MOUNTING

PHOTO #1 – 08 MAY 2021

MARKER PHOTOS (#2-#3) 12 MAY 2009

PHOTO #4 – OLD POSTCARD FROM EARLY 1900s

GPS:

39* 26’ 10” N / 79* 31’ 11” W

39.436101 N / 79.519833 W

https://www.wvencyclopedia.org/articles/488

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WASHINGTON’S CAMP

LOCATION:  APPX 2 MILES EAST OF TERRA ALTA, APPX 3 MILES WEST OF MARYLAND BORDER, ON CR 46 JUST NORTH OF JUNCTION WITH  RT 7

PHOTOS 08 MAY 2021

GPS:

39* 26’ 16” N / 79* 30’ 56” W

39.437935 N / 79.515797 W


PRESTON COUNTY /

MARYLAND

LOCATION:  RT 7 AT MARYLAND STATE LINE.

PHOTOS 08 MAY 2021

GPS:

39* 25’ 09” N / 79* 29’ 03” W

39.419424 N / 79.484301 W


PRESTON COUNTY /

MARYLAND

LOCATION:  RT 50 AT STATE LINE

PHOTOS 08 MAY 2021

GPS:

39* 19’ 05” N / 79* 29’ 11” W

39.318231 N / 79.486488 W


OLD STONE TAVERN

LOCATION:  RT 50 , APPX 1 MILE EAST OF AURORA

PHOTOS 08 MAY 2021

GPS: 

39* 19’ 34” N / 79* 31’ 54” W

39.326322 N / 79.531854 W

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Horse_Tavern

WV ARCHIVES AND HISTORY DOCUMENT 

NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES DOCUMENT


AURORA

LOCATION:  RT 50, AURORA, APPX 50 YARDS EAST OF THE POST OFFICE AND STONE CHURCH

PHOTOS 08 MAY 2021

GPS:

39* 19’ 28” N / 79* 33’ 12” W

39.324442 N / 79.553402 W

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurora,_West_Virginia


SALT SANDS

LOCATION:  RT 50 NEAR AURORA (??)

GPS:

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MISSING – LOCATION UNKNOWN – PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES AND PHOTOS


GANTZ SAND

LOCATION:  RT 50, AURORA, BY AURORA SCHOOL ON EAST END OF TOWN

PHOTOS 08 MAY 2021

GPS:

39* 19’ 30” N / 79* 33’ 01” W

39.325074 N / 79.550532 W

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PRESTON COUNTY /

MARYLAND

LOCATION:  RT 219 AT STATE LINE, APPX 5 MILES SOUTHWEST OF REDHOUSE, MD

PHOTOS 08 MAY 2021

GPS:

39* 16’ 32” N / 79* 29’ 13” W

39.275532 N / 79.487138 W


PRESTON COUNTY /

TUCKER COUNTY

LOCATION:  RT 219 AT COUNTY LINE, APPX 10 MILES NORTH OF THOMAS

*** MISSING 08 MAY 2021 ***

NOTES: NO EVIDENCE OF MARKER/POLE/MOUNTING

PHOTOS 08 MAY 2021

GPS:

39* 13’ 05” N / 79* 30’ 43” W

39.218112 N / 79.512042 W


FLAG RAISING

LOCATION:  RT 24, EGLON, APPX 3 MILES SOUTH OF RT 50 AND CATHEDRAL STATE PARK, AT INTERSECTION WITH CR 116 (GRANGE HALL ROAD)

PHOTOS 08 MAY 2021

GPS: 

39* 18′ 05″ N, 79* 31′ 13″ W

39.301545 N, 79.520526 W

NOTE: I WAS ENTERTAINED BY A GROUP OF POULTRY INCLUDING A TURKEY GOBBLER AND SEVERAL CHICKENS AND GUINEA OWNED BY A NEARBY FARMER


PRESTON COUNTY /

TUCKER COUNTY

LOCATION:  RT 72 AT COUNTY LINE, APPX 5 MILES SOUTH OF RT 50

GPS:

39* 15’ 34” N / 79* 43’ 16” W

39.259470 N / 79.721402 W

MISSING 08 MAY 2021

NO PHOTOS DUE TO TRAFFIC AND NO PLACE TO SAFELY PULL OFF ROAD


B&O VIADUCTS

LOCATION:  RT 72, APPX 1.5 MILES NORTH OF ROWLESBURG

VIADUCTS ARE VISIBLE UP HILL ABOVE MARKER WHEN TREES ARE BARE (VISIBLE IN SOME PHOTOS)

PHOTOS 08 MAY 2021

LAST 2 PHOTOS FROM MARCH 2009 – CLEAR VIEW

GPS:

39* 21’ 29” N / 79* 41’ 36” W

39.358239 N / 79.693473 W

https://rowlesburg.org/trayrun.html

INTERESTING HISTORY OF TRAY RUN VIADUCT    

NOTE: NARROW ROAD WITH NO PULLOFF, NEAREST PARKING IS APPX 1/4 MILE NORTH ON RIVER SIDE OF THE ROAD, NARROW SHOULDER TO WALK NEAR TRAFFIC


PRESTON COUNTY /

BARBOUR COUNTY

LOCATION:  RT 92 AT COUNTY LINE.  LOCATED APPX 6 MILES SOUTH OF RT 50

GPS:

39* 17’ 41” N / 79* 52’ 37” W

39.294757 N / 79.876993 W

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PRESTON COUNTY /

TAYLOR COUNTY

LOCATION:  RT 50 AT COUNTY LINE, APPX 5 MILES WEST OF FELLOWSVILLE

GPS:

39* 20’ 04” N / 79* 53’ 40” W

39.334643 N / 79.894583 W

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ALBRIGHT / ALBRIGHT FAMILY

LOCATION:  RT 26, ALBRIGHT, AT BRIDGE NEXT TO JUNCTION WITH ST JOE ROAD

PHOTOS 08 MAY 2021

GPS:

39* 29’ 41” N / 79* 38’ 38” W

39.494732 N / 79.643952 W

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albright,_West_Virginia


OLD IRON FURNACE

LOCATION:  RT 26 APPX 5 MILES NORTH OF ALBRIGHT.

GPS:

39* 31’ 44” N / 79* 37’ 58” W

39.529108 N / 79.632941 W

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_Furnace

REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES DESCRIPTION  

*** MISSING 08 MAY 2021 ***

FILE PHOTOS FROM AUGUST 2013

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COW RUN SAND

LOCATION:  RT 7 APPX 3 MILES EAST OF REEDSVILLE , AT JUNCTION WITH CABIN CREEK ROAD

PHOTOS 08 MAY 2021

GPS:

39* 30’ 36” N / 79* 45’ 52” W

39.510250 N / 79.764598 W

DETAILED SCIENTIFIC ARTICLE  


ARTHURDALE (#1)

LOCATION:  ARTHURDALE, RT 92, BY ARTHURDALE HERITAGE MUSEUM, APPX 2 MILES SOUTH OF RT 7 / REEDSVILLE

PHOTOS 08 MAY 2021

GPS:

39* 29’ 39” N / 79* 48’ 55” W

39.494432 N / 79.815383 W

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthurdale,_West_Virginia

https://arthurdaleheritage.org/

NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES DOCUMENT


ARTHURDALE (#2)

LOCATION:  ARTHURDALE, RT 92, APPX 1.5 MILES SOUTH OF RT 72 / REEDSVILLE

PHOTOS 08 MAY 2021

GPS:

39* 29’ 45” N / 79* 48’ 51” W

39.495846 N / 79.814390 W

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthurdale,_West_Virginia

https://arthurdaleheritage.org/

NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES DOCUMENT


BIG INJUN SAND

LOCATION:  RT 7 EAST OF GREER   (??)

MISSING 08 MAY 2021

GPS:

AAPG SCIENTIFIC ARTICLE

MISSING 08 MAY 2021 – EXACT LOCATION UNKNOWN


PRESTON COUNTY /

MONONGALIA COUNTY

LOCATION: RT 7, APPX 2 MILES WEST OF MASONTOWN, APPX 3/4 MILE EAST OF GREER LIMESTONE QUARRY

*** MISSING 08 MAY 2021 ***

PHOTOS 08 MAY 2021 SHOW LOCATION

GPS:

39* 34′ 03″ N, 79* 49′ 57″ W

39.567758 N, 79.832662 W


BRUCETON

LOCATION:  BRUCETON MILLS, RT 26, APPX 100 YARDS NORTHEAST OF MORGANTOWN STREET TURNOFF TO DOWNTOWN

GPS:

39* 39’ 34” N / 79* 38’ 15” W

39.659531 N / 79.637493 W

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PHOTOS 21 MAY 2021


BRANDONVILLE

LOCATION:  RT 26, BRANDONVILLE, APPX 2 MILES NORTHEAST OF BRUCETON MILLS.  IN FRONT OF CHURCH AT JUNCTION WITH BRANDONVILLE PIKE.

GPS:

39* 39’ 57” N / 79* 37’ 14” W

39.665996 N / 79.620792 W

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PHOTOS 21 MAY 2021


PRESTON COUNTY /

STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA

LOCATION:  RT 26 APPX 11 MILES NORTHEAST OF BRUCETON MILLS AT PENNSYLVANIA STATE LINE

GPS:

39* 43’ 15” N / 79* 29’ 14” W

39.721093 N / 79.487373 W

PHOTOS 21 MAY 2021


MASON-DIXON LINE

LOCATION:  RT 26 APPX 11 MILES NORTHEAST OF BRUCETON MILLS AT PENNSYLVANIA STATE LINE

*** MISSING ON 21 MAY 2021 ***

GPS:

39* 43’ 15” N / 79* 29’ 14” W

39.721093 N / 79.487373 W

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PRESTON COUNTY /

MONONGALIA COUNTY

LOCATION:  OLD CR 73/73, I-68 EXIT 15, NORTH SIDE OF I-68, TURN LEFT (WEST) APPX 1/4 MILE. 

*** MISSING ***

PHOTOS 1-2 TAKEN 24 APRIL 2021 (COUNTY LINE OBELISK IS VISIBLE TO THE RIGHT)

PHOTOS 3-7 TAKEN JUNE 2010

GPS:

39* 39′ 33″ N / 79* 49′ 57″ W

39.659345 N / 79.782050 W