Subject: Tucker County

“The City of Rivers” (Poem for Parsons)

“The City of Rivers” (Poem for Parsons)

September 24, 2012 |

FROM THE ARCHIVES of the West Virginia Writers’ Project, Tucker County:              The City of Rivers                                                                  **                              Here, where two rivers, born of highland springs,                             Wed to beget another, greater still,                             And where peace hovers on untroubled wings                             Amidst the song of factory and mill,                                                                  **                             Here, […]

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Allegheny Trail

Allegheny Trail

July 11, 2012 |

The Allegheny Trail is a backpacking and mountain bike trail that runs 330 miles along some of the most breathtaking mountaintops in the Allegheny and the Ridge and Valley Ranges in West Virginia. Most of its access points are within a few miles of US 219, and it follows a similar path through dense Mountain […]

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Rhododendron

Rhododendron

May 29, 2012 |

During May and early June, the state flower of West Virginia bursts forth with exuberant zeal throughout the forests near US 219. Also known as “Big Laurel”, these clustered flowers of pink, white and purple are an early bloom throughout the lush Allegheny Highlands. Rhododendrons have thick, rubbery evergreen leaves, and in some places can […]

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Blackwater Falls

Blackwater Falls

May 29, 2012 |

“Here the waters of Blackwater River drop over a broken ledge to dash among large boulders 63 feet below, whence they continue their rushing foaming course down Blackwater Canyon. A footpath leads (L) among thickets of laurel and hemlock to a clearing with a fine view of the rugged beauty of the falls and canyon.”- West Virginia Writers’ […]

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Parsons

January 4, 2012 |

A bright red, brick courthouse stands at the center of Parsons. Since 1893 Parsons has been the county seat of Tucker County.

Back then, armed guards took the county records from St. George to Parsons, and though no fighting took place, the men of St. George had planned to defend the county seat with their lives.
Click to hear the story of Doyle Kisner, of Parsons….

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Thomas

Thomas

January 4, 2012 |

“US 219 by-passes the center of the city, which lies (L) across a small shallow stream, the North Fork of the Blackwater River.”- West Virginia Writers’ Project.
Many characters are remembered to have left their mark upon these slanted streets, especially during the years when Thomas was a busy coal town and trading center for surrounding mines.
Click to here to hear stories of Thomas…

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