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West Virginia Historical Markers
Description:
A great source of pride in West Virginia's fascinating state and local history, the Mountain State's historical highway markers have attracted the interest and attention of young and old for some 65 years. The purpose of this category is to pay tribute to the history reflected in the markers in West Virginia.
Expanded Description:
Historical Markers were implemented in West Virginia in 1937, during the Great Depression, to encourage tourism. 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 the West Virginia State Archives, which is today part of the West Virginia Division of Culture & History.
Instructions for Posting a West Virginia Historical Markers Waymark:
1. The waymark must be an official West Virginia Historic Marker, erected by the authority of the state, a municipality, college, or similar authority. It should be along a highway, in a highway rest area, or some other similar setting.
2. Each marker must include a photo you have taken of the marker. Additional photos showing you or your GPS with the marker and the area or the place commemorated by the marker would be great, but not required. Please do not use pictures from other sites without prior permission.
3. In the "long description" field, please include a brief description of the purpose for the marker. What happened here? You can enter the marker text, or summarize it, or use your own words.
4. The text of a marker usually only hints at the depth of the history behind it. Try doing a Google search on the subject matter of the marker, and if you find a good website, include a link in the optional field provided.

The minimum requirements to be approved as a West Virginia Historical Marker are:

  • The marker text must be accurate.
  • The marker location must be accurate.
  • The marker must be a state, county, or local roadside historical marker.
  • The picture must be of high enough quality to where the words on the marker can be read.
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    West Virginia Historical MarkersWest Virginia Highway Historical Markers

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    A sign telling us about the Historical Sign program in West Virginia.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dukemartin

    location: West Virginia

    date approved: 4/9/2018

    last visited: never

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    West Virginia Historical MarkersState Capitol

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    State Capitol of West Virginia

    posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member two-bit Joe

    location: West Virginia

    date approved: 2/2/2007

    last visited: 6/8/2019

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    West Virginia Historical MarkersState Capitol

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    State Capitol of West Virginia

    posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member two-bit Joe

    location: West Virginia

    date approved: 1/29/2007

    last visited: 6/8/2019

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    West Virginia Historical MarkersExecutive Mansion

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    Executive Mansion located neat Capitol.

    posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member two-bit Joe

    location: West Virginia

    date approved: 1/16/2007

    last visited: 7/14/2017

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    West Virginia Historical MarkersState Capitol

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    State Capitol of West Virginia

    posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member two-bit Joe

    location: West Virginia

    date approved: 1/29/2007

    last visited: 10/26/2019

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    West Virginia Historical MarkersThe Ruffners

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    Grave of Joseph Ruffner

    posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member two-bit Joe

    location: West Virginia

    date approved: 9/25/2006

    last visited: 6/22/2017

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    West Virginia Historical MarkersLewis' March

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    Site of a military camp during a 1774 march on the Indians.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

    location: West Virginia

    date approved: 7/6/2010

    last visited: 12/4/2012

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    West Virginia Historical MarkersWilliam Blizzard

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    Located in front of UMWA District 17 headquarters

    posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member two-bit Joe

    location: West Virginia

    date approved: 1/9/2009

    last visited: 7/14/2017

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    West Virginia Historical MarkersFort Lee

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    One of many historic fortifications located in the capitol city area.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

    location: West Virginia

    date approved: 7/6/2010

    last visited: 8/8/2020

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    West Virginia Historical MarkersFort Clenden

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    One of many plaques commemorating a historic fortification in the capitol city area.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

    location: West Virginia

    date approved: 7/6/2010

    last visited: 6/22/2017

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    West Virginia Historical MarkersFirst Gas Well

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    The first gas well was found on accident.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

    location: West Virginia

    date approved: 7/6/2010

    last visited: 8/8/2020

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    West Virginia Historical MarkersThe Block

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    The sign tells about the different types of people living in the 25 acre area.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Paintedwarrior

    location: West Virginia

    date approved: 2/6/2017

    last visited: 2/6/2017

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    West Virginia Historical MarkersThe Block

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    The sign tells about the 25 acre area and the different types of people who lived there.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Paintedwarrior

    location: West Virginia

    date approved: 2/6/2017

    last visited: 2/6/2017

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    West Virginia Historical MarkersState Capitol

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    State Capitol

    posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member two-bit Joe

    location: West Virginia

    date approved: 8/31/2006

    last visited: 7/14/2017

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    West Virginia Historical MarkersCraik-Patton House

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    Craik-Patton House, Kanawha Co., WV

    posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member two-bit Joe

    location: West Virginia

    date approved: 2/27/2007

    last visited: 8/10/2013

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    West Virginia Historical MarkersCharleston

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    A sign telling who Charleston was named after.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Paintedwarrior

    location: West Virginia

    date approved: 2/6/2017

    last visited: 6/22/2017

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    West Virginia Historical MarkersDaniel Boone

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    Daniel Boone, Kanawha Co., WV

    posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member two-bit Joe

    location: West Virginia

    date approved: 2/27/2007

    last visited: 10/19/2013

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    West Virginia Historical MarkersFort Scammon

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    Fort Scammon

    posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member jrappold

    location: West Virginia

    date approved: 8/21/2007

    last visited: 5/21/2012

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    West Virginia Historical MarkersGeorge W. Summers

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    Summers County WV was named in honor of George W. Summers

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dukemartin

    location: West Virginia

    date approved: 4/12/2021

    last visited: never

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    West Virginia Historical MarkersWilliam H. Davis

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    Booker T. Washington was one of William H. Davis students.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dukemartin

    location: West Virginia

    date approved: 4/12/2021

    last visited: never

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    West Virginia Historical MarkersSpicer Patrick

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    Spicer Patrick became the first Speaker of the House in WV.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dukemartin

    location: West Virginia

    date approved: 4/12/2021

    last visited: never

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    West Virginia Historical MarkersRuffner Well

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    Ruffner Well

    posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member two-bit Joe

    location: West Virginia

    date approved: 8/31/2006

    last visited: 12/4/2012

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    West Virginia Historical MarkersRev Ruffner's Grave

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    A new marker about another Ruffner family member. The cemetery was not seen.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

    location: West Virginia

    date approved: 7/6/2010

    last visited: 12/4/2012

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    West Virginia Historical MarkersBooker T. Washington Homeplace

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    Booker T. Washington Homeplace Located in the historic area of Malden, WV

    posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member two-bit Joe

    location: West Virginia

    date approved: 8/25/2006

    last visited: 12/4/2012

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    West Virginia Historical MarkersMalden

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    Malden, located in the historic area of Malden, WV

    posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member two-bit Joe

    location: West Virginia

    date approved: 8/25/2006

    last visited: 12/4/2012

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