Wood County

Wood County is located on the border of West Virginia and Ohio, along the Ohio River. It is a transportation hub with US Rt 50, I-77, and the Ohio River all passing by.  The population in 2010 was 86,956 with the County Seat of Parkersburg accounting for 31,492 of that.  It was formed in 1798 and named for the governor of Virginia at the time, James Wood.  (West Virginia did not become a separate state until 1863) Main businesses include the US Treasury Bureau of Fiscal Service office, Ohio River shipping, and the Hino truck manufacturing plant. 

 

Major cities in Wood County include Parkersburg, Mineral Wells, Vienna, and Williamstown.

 

https://www.wvencyclopedia.org/articles/1339  

 

GOOGLE EARTH MAP WITH MARKER LOCATIONS – WOOD COUNTY


PARKERSBURG

LOCATION:  DOWNTOWN PARKERSBURG, CORNER OF 5TH ST AND JULIANA ST

GPS:

39* 16’ 00” N, 81* 33’ 41” W

39.266792 N, 81.561467 W

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PARKERSBURG GOVERNORS /

WEST VIRGINIA’S FIRST GOVERNOR

LOCATION:  DOWNTOWN PARKERSBURG, CORNER OF MARKET ST AND 3RD ST BY COUNTY COURTHOUSE

GPS:

39* 15’ 51” N, 81* 33’ 46” W

39.264420 N, 81.562891 W

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JOHN J. JACKSON, JR

LOCATION:  DOWNTOWN PARKERSBURG, CORNER OF 2ND ST AND AVERY ST

GPS:

39* 15’ 46” N, 81* 33’ 46” W

39.262853 N, 81.562807 W

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JACOB BEESON BLAIR

LOCATION:  DOWNTOWN PARKERSBURG, CORNER OF 3RD ST AND JULIANA ST, NEXT TO WV OIL AND GAS MUSEUM

GPS:

39* 15’ 56” N, 81* 33’ 48” W

39.265646 N, 81.563532 W

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https://www.wvencyclopedia.org/print/Article/525


ESCAPE TO FREEDOM /

WOMEN OF COURAGE

LOCATION:  DOWNTOWN PARKERSBURG AT ENTRANCE TO POINT PARK, 2ND ST AT OHIO RIVER

GPS:

39* 15’ 58” N, 81* 33’ 57” W

39.266172 N, 81.566005 W

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UNDERGROUND RAILROAD IN WV


BURR – BLENNERHASSETT

LOCATION:  DOWNTOWN PARKERSBURG AT ENTRANCE TO POINT PARK, 2ND ST AT OHIO RIVER

GPS:

39* 15’ 58” N, 81* 33’ 57” W

39.266234 N, 81.565851 W

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HARMAN BLENNERHASSETT

BURR CONSPIRACY


GEORGE ROGERS CLARK

LOCATION:  DOWNTOWN PARKERSBURG AT ENTRANCE TO POINT PARK, 2ND ST AT OHIO RIVER

GPS:

39* 15’ 57” N, 81* 33’ 57” W

39.266004 N, 81.565840 W

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FORT BOREMAN

LOCATION:  PARKERSBURG, FORT BOREMAN SCENIC OVERLOOK JUST SOUTH OF TOWN AND LOOKING OVER CONFLUENCE OF OHIO RIVER AND LITTLE KANAWHA RIVER.  TAKE RT 50 EXIT FOR MARRTOWN ROAD.

GPS:

39* 15’ 44” N, 81* 34’ 09” W

39.262374 N, 81.569219 W

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WILLIAM L. “MUDWALL” JACKSON

LOCATION:  PARKERSBURG, FORT BOREMAN SCENIC OVERLOOK JUST SOUTH OF TOWN AND LOOKING OVER CONFLUENCE OF OHIO RIVER AND LITTLE KANAWHA RIVER.  TAKE RT 50 EXIT FOR MARRTOWN ROAD.

GPS:

39* 15′ 43″ N, 81* 33′ 57″ W

39.262091 N, 81.565851 W

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COL. HUGH PHELPS

LOCATION:  SOUTH PARKERSBURG, CORNER OF CAMDEN AVE AND RT 14 (PIKE ST/ EAST ST), SITUATED NEXT TO “NEALS STATION” MARKER

GPS:

39* 15’ 17” N, 81* 32’ 49” W

39.254915 N, 81.547055 W

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WOOD CO HISTORICAL AND PRESERVATION SOCIETY


NEAL’S STATION

LOCATION:  SOUTH PARKERSBURG, CORNER OF CAMDEN AVE AND RT 14 (PIKE ST/ EAST ST), SITUATED NEXT TO “COL. HUGH PHELPS” MARKER

GPS:

39* 15’ 17” N, 81* 32’ 49” W

39.254915 N, 81.547055 W

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ROOTSWEB BIO


OLD TURNPIKES

LOCATION:  EAST PARKERSBURG, CORNER OF 7TH ST (OLD RT 50) AND STAUNTON TURNPIKE (RT 47), SITUATED NEXT TO “OLD TOLLGATE HOUSE” MARKER

GPS:

39* 15’ 48” N, 81* 32’ 33” W

39.263519 N, 81.542599 W

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WV ENCYCLOPEDIA (NORTHWESTERN TURNPIKE)

WV ENCYCLOPEDIA (STAUNTON TURNPIKE)


OLD TOLLGATE HOUSE

LOCATION:  EAST PARKERSBURG, CORNER OF 7TH ST (OLD RT 50) AND STAUNTON TURNPIKE (RT 47), SITUATED NEXT TO “OLD TURNPIKES” MARKER

GPS:

39* 15’ 48” N, 81* 32’ 33” W

39.263519 N, 81.542599 W

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PREHISTORIC SITES

LOCATION:  SOUTH PARKERSBURG, DUPONT ROAD (RT 95) AT RT 68,  1/10 MILE SOUTH OF RT 50 RAVENSWOOD EXIT

GPS:

39* 15’ 01” N, 81* 36’ 42” W

39.250298 N, 81.611910 W

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WASHINGTON BOTTOM

LOCATION:  WASHINGTON (SOUTH OF PARKERSBURG), RT 892 APPX 100 YARDS NORTH OF JUNCTION WITH RT 36

GPS:

39* 14’ 21” N, 81* 40’ 31” W

39.239296 N, 81.675516 W

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WV CULTURE


BELLEVILLE

LOCATION:  RT 68, APPX 12 MILES SOUTH OF RT 50 RAVENSWOOD EXIT, APPX 2-1/2 MILES NORTH OF JACKSON COUNTY LINE

GPS:

39* 07’ 30” N, 81* 43’ 53” W

39.125227 N, 81.731484 W

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WOOD CO /

JACKSON CO

LOCATION:  RT 68, APPX 1-1/2 MILES SOUTH OF BELLEVILLE, ALONG OHIO RIVER

GPS:

39* 05’33” N, 81* 44’ 40”

39.092511 N, 81.744531 W

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WOOD CO / WIRT CO

LOCATION:  RT 21, APPX 2 MILES SOUTH OF ROCKPORT AND I-77

GPS:

39* 02’ 58” N, 81* 33’ 11” W

39.049575 N, 81.553241 W

*** MISSING ??? ***

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WOOD CO / WIRT CO

LOCATION:  RT 14, APPX 7 MILES EAST OF I-77 EXIT 170 (MINERAL WELLS), APPX ¾ MILE EAST OF CR 19 AND TOWN OF SLATE

GPS: 

39* 07’ 38” N, 81* 26’ 24” W

39.127375 N, 81.440275 W

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MORGAN’S RAIDERS

LOCATION:  MINERAL WELLS, AT 3-WAY INTERSECTION OF ELIZABETH PIKE AND RT 21, APPX 1/4 MILE SOUTH OF RT 14

GPS:

39* 11’ 01” N, 81* 31’ 23” W

39.183801 N, 81.523071 W

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ROBERT W. SIMMONS /

SUMNER SCHOOL

LOCATION:  PARKERSBURG (NORTH OF DOWNTOWN), CORNER OF 11TH ST AND AVERY ST

GPS:

39* 16’ 11” N, 81* 33’ 10” W

39.269943 N, 81.552972 W

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PETER G. VAN WINKLE

LOCATION:  PARKERSBURG (NORTH OF DOWNTOWN), ANN ST BETWEEN 12TH ST AND 13TH ST

GPS:

39* 16’ 21” N, 81* 33’ 20” W

39.272750 N, 81.555656 W

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PARKERSBURG HIGH SCHOOL

LOCATION:  PARKERSBURG (NORTH OF DOWNTOWN), DUDLEY AVE BETWEEN 22ND ST AND 23RD ST, AT ENTRANCE TO PARKERSBURG HIGH SCHOOL

** MISSING ON 04 AUGUST 2021 **

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GPS:

39* 16’ 41” N, 81* 32’ 32” W

39.278066 N, 81.542498 W

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WEST VIRGINIA /

OHIO

LOCATION:  PARKERSBURG (NORTH OF DOWNTOWN), RT 68 AT GARFIELD AVE, APPX 100 YARDS EAST OF THE OHIO RIVER BRIDGE TOOLBOOTHS

GPS:

39* 16’ 57” N, 81* 33’ 08” W

39.282710 N, 81.552370 W

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TOMLINSON MANSION MARKER

LOCATION:  WILLIAMSTOWN, RT 14 AT POPLAR AVE, APPX 1 MILE SOUTH-WEST OF HIGHLAND AVE BRIDGE OVER OHIO RIVER

GPS:

39* 24’ 03” N, 81* 27’ 48” W

39.400868 N, 81.463608 W

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WOOD COUNTY /

STATE OF OHIO

LOCATION:  WILLIAMSTOWN, RT 14 (HIGHLAND AVE) APPX 200 YARDS SOUTH OF WILLIAMSTOWN BRIDGE OVER OHIO RIVER.  ACROSS FROM RT 14 (THIRD ST)

GPS:  (APPX)

39* 24’ 15” N, 81* 26’ 53” W

39.404302 N, 81.448136 W

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WILLIAMSTOWN

LOCATION:  WILLIAMSTOWN, RT 14 (HIGHLAND AVE) BETWEEN 5TH ST AND 6TH ST, AT TOMLINSON PARK

GPS:

39* 23’ 59” N, 81* 26’ 54” W

39.399892 N, 81.448513 W

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DUNMORE’S CAMP

LOCATION:  RT 2, APPX 6 MILES NORTH-EAST OF I-77 EXIT 179, APPX ½ MILE SOUTH OF PLEASANTS COUNTY LINE

GPS:

39* 20’ 07” N, 81* 22’ 45” W

39.335331 N, 81.379318 W

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WOOD CO /

PLEASANTS CO

LOCATION:  RT 2, APPX 4 MILES SOUTH OF WILLOW ISLAND, APPX 12 MILES NORTH-EAST OF DOWNTOWN PARKERSBURG

** MISSING ON 04 AUGUST 2021 **

GPS:

39* 20’ 01” N, 81* 22’ 01” W

39.333887 N, 81.367132 W

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NO PHOTOS DUE TO ROAD CONSTRUCTION AND TRAFFIC


EARLY OIL WELLS

LOCATION:  MOUNTWOOD PARK, CR 5 (VOLCANO ROAD), APPX ½ MILE SOUTH OF RT 50, APPX 16 MILES EAST OF DOWNTOWN PARKERSBURG, JUST EAST OF MILEPOST 21.5, SITUATED 50 YARDS FROM “ENDLESS CABLE SYSTEM” MARKER

GPS: 

39* 14’ 37” N, 81* 18’ 12” W

39.243680 N, 81.303375 W

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** NOTE: PHOTO #5 IS A PRIVATE MARKER LOCATED NEARBY IN THE TOWN OF VOLCANO. IT IS NOT AN OFFICIAL WV HISTORICAL MARKER, BUT DOES CONTAIN INTERESTING INFORMATION.

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WIKIPEDIA – VOLCANO


ENDLESS CABLE SYSTEM

LOCATION:  MOUNTWOOD PARK, CR 5 (VOLCANO ROAD), APPX ½ MILE SOUTH OF RT 50, APPX 16 MILES EAST OF DOWNTOWN PARKERSBURG, JUST EAST OF MILEPOST 21.5, SITUATED 50 YARDS FROM “EARLY OIL WELLS” MARKER

GPS: 

39* 14’ 36” N, 81* 18’ 09” W

39.243571 N, 81.302770 W

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** NOTE: PHOTO #6 IS A PRIVATE MARKER LOCATED NEARBY IN THE TOWN OF VOLCANO. IT IS NOT AN OFFICIAL WV HISTORICAL MARKER, BUT DOES CONTAIN INTERESTING INFORMATION.

1972 VIDEO DEMONSTRATION – YOUTUBE

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS – OLD PHOTOS OF VOLCANO

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WOOD CO /

RITCHIE CO

LOCATION:  RT 50, APPX 18 MILES EAST OF DOWNTOWN PARKERSBURG, NEAR MILEPOST 24

GPS:

39* 15’ 16” N, 81* 16’ 06” W

39.254643 N, 81.268372 W

** MISSING – REMOVED WHEN RT 50 BECAME 4-LANE HIGHWAY IN THE 1970s **