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Harrison County
History Made Easy Q & A

What do you know about the Harrison County History Made Easy Q & A?
Try this West Virginia History Made Easy Quiz.
"Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

1) In 1784, Harrison County was created from what county?Trivia powered by Prof. Walter

  • Grant County
  • Morgan County
  • Monongalia County
  • Wood County

2) In 1787, authorization for the first county courthouse was made in 1787.  
What was the cost?

  • $350
  • $450
  • $550
  • $650

3) The first county courthouse was located on the corner of Main and 2nd streets. The frame building was constructed on eight stone piers about ten feet high and citizens tied their horses to the pillars while conducting business inside the courthouse.

  • True or False?

4) The second courthouse was a two-story brick building located at the corner of Market (now Main) and 3rd streets, the same site as the present one. It cost $3,700. A large tree trunk served as a whipping post at the rear of this structure.
When was the second courthouse completed?

  • 1811
  • 1813
  • 1815
  • 1817

5) The third courthouse, in 1856, was built on the same site as the second. It was a two-story brick with a cupola on top and had a wrought-iron balcony over the front entrance.
When was the third courthouse completed?

  • 1836
  • 1846
  • 1856
  • 1866

6) A three-story red brick fourth courthouse was erected in 1888. A bell, as well as a clock, were saved from prior courthouses and placed in the tower.  
What was the cost for the fourth courthouse?

  • $46,000
  • $56,000
  • $66,000
  • $76,000

7) The fourth courthouse was only forty-four years old when it was replaced by the current courthouse in 1932 at a cost of $750,000. 
What is the 1932 $750,000 in current (2010) dollars?

  • $973,229.93
  • $1,973,229.93
  • $11,973,229.93
  • $111,973,229.93

8) Spelter Community/Spelter Zinc Plant. The historical marker says: Company town built for immigrant, primarily Spanish, zinc plant workers, 1910-11; housed 1,500 residents in 175 homes, renting for $11 per month by 1915. First known as Ziesing, for a company official; named Spelter for post office in 1928. Had 3 stores, 2 churches, 1 school. Moschetta bought town, sold houses to families in 1950. Bridge, first swinging, in 1914 iron, connected community to trolley line.

Grasselli Chemical Co. built plant in 1910; produced zinc products sold nationally. In 1915, plant was largest horizontal retort zinc plant in U.S. Dupont bought in 1928, built vertical retort furnaces, and employed 500 workers. From 1916-46 fueled by local coal. In 1950, sold to Meadowbrooks Works.

In 1960, major production ceased. Dupont repurchased land and completed site remediation in 2004.
Where will you find the historical marker?

  • US 19, at junction with County Route 19/35, south of Meadowbrook
  • US 50, at junction with County Route 19/35, south of Southpark
  • WV 219, at junction with County Route 19/335, north of Meadowbrook
  • US 19, at junction with County Route 19/35, south of Shinnston

9) The historical marker on WV 131, 3.3 miles from junction with US 19, at Saltwell, describes the village “so named because of well drilled here in 1835.  The well reached a depth of 745 feet releasing natural gas. Often attributed to be first deep well drilled in United States.  Water from such wells was reputed to have medicinal value.  Some salt was produced here but these efforts were abandoned as Kanawha Valley production and influence increased.”  
Who drilled the well?

  • Abraham and Peter Righter
  • Jon and Peter Shaffer
  • Abraham and Joseph Tineman
  • Abraham and Peter White

10) The historical marker on WV 20 at Mannington.  Near blockhouse built by Thomas Harbert and others about 1775.  This was the home of Colonel Benjamin Robinson who was a soldier in the Revolution.  He led a company at Brandywine and Germantown and also saw Indian service.

  • True or False?

11) US 19 at Enterprise, you come across this historical marker. The Inscription: “Nearby is the McIntire blockhouse another of the outposts established as protection against the Indians. Here are the graves of many early settlers, including those of John McIntire and wife, both victims of the Indians.”  
When was the McIntire blockhouse built?

  • 1773
  • 1776
  • 1778
  • 1780

12) The marker for Revolutionary Graves in Enterprise is missing. On the opposite (east) side of the West Fork River, in the Enterprise I.O.O.F. Cemetery, are the graves of Jacob Bigler (1752-1829) and Elisha Griffith (1751-1840), Revolutionary War veterans from Maryland who settled in Harrison Co. after the war. The graves are marked by a monument erected by the Daniel Davisson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
When was the monument erected?

  • 1833
  • 1866
  • 1903
  • 1933

13) You travel down US 19 (northbound) at junction with WV 270 East. You come across an historical maker that tells you that it is the “Site of Richards' Fort or Lowther's Fort. Colonel William Lowther settled near, 1772, served under George Rogers Clark, and was colonel of the northwestern counties of Virginia. Near by Indians killed the Richards and Washburns.”
What is the town?

  • Arlington
  • Gypsy
  • Jimtown
  • West Milford

14) B&O Depot - Built 1892, following the completion of railroad in 1887. Lost Creek grew to become largest shipping point for cattle in West Virginia in 1915 and on entire B&O system, east of Mississippi in 1923. The historical marker is in Lost Creek, Johnstown Rd. (county route 48) & Railroad St., east of Exit 110 (Lost Creek) of I-79.
How many miles east of the Lost Creek (110) Exit on I-79?

  • .2 miles
  • .5 miles
  • 1 miles
  • 2 miles

15) "Randolph Mason" is the historical marker at WV 20, one mile from junction with WV 57, Romine's Mill. The sign tells you that “Near by was the home of the late Melville Davisson Post, author of many novels, but particularly noted for his stories concerning the strange points of law, woven about the fictitious character "Randolph Mason." Many consider Post's best-known character the mystery-solving, justice dispensing Virginian backwoodsman.
Who was this character?

  • Marshall Dylin
  • Ranger Rick
  • Uncle Abner
  • Uncle Bob

16) The Fletcher Covered Bridge is a 62-foot Multiple King Post covered bridge located near Marshville in Harrison County, West Virginia. The bridge crosses Tenmile Creek is West Virginia bridge number 48-17-03. Stones for the abutments were quarried at the top of a hill near the bridge site. The original building cost was $1,372. The bridge is in regular use today. From Wolf Summit, go west on US Route 50. Turn right (north) onto Marshville Road. Continue north on Marshville Road 1.6 miles to the Fletcher Covered Bridge.
What year was the bridge built?

  • 1881
  • 1891
  • 1901
  • 1911

Check Your Answers

Harrison County [Answers]

  1. Monongalia County
  2. $550
  3. True
  4. 1811
  5. 1856
  6. $46,000
  7. $11,973,229.93
  8. US 19, at junction with County Route 19/35, south of Meadowbrook
  9. Abraham and Peter Righter
  10. False. The historical marker on WV 20 at Lumberport. Near blockhouse built by Thomas Harbert and others about 1775. This was the home of Colonel Benjamin Robinson who was a soldier in the Revolution. He led a company at Brandywine and Germantown and also saw Indian service.
  11. 1773
  12. 1933
  13. West Milford
  14. .2 miles
  15. Uncle Abner
  16. 1891

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