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.
Your Answers" at the end of the page.
In 1784, Harrison County was created from what county?
- 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?
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
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
When was the second courthouse completed?
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
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?
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?
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
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.
1960, major production ceased. Dupont repurchased land and
completed site remediation in 2004.
Where will you find the
- 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
- 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.
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
When was the McIntire blockhouse built?
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
When was the monument erected?
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?
- 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.
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
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?