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1) Marion County was formed from portions of
Harrison County and Monongalia County. It was named after Francis
Marion, a General in the Continental Army and later Brigade
general of the South Carolina militia in the American
When was Marion County formed?
- January 14, 1842
- January 14, 1844
- January 14, 1846
2) The Marion County Courthouse is a
Beaux-Arts style building in Fairmont, West Virginia. The
courthouse was constructed from 1897 to 1900, and was designed by
the architectural firm of Yost & Packard of Columbus, Ohio. Its
dome is topped by a figure carrying the scales of justice. The
courthouse, located at the intersection of Adams and Jefferson
Streets in downtown Fairmont.
When was the Marion
County Courthouse add to the National Register of Historic Places?
May 29, 1977
May 29, 1979
May 29, 1981
3) Who is NOT
a Pro Football player from Marion County, WV?
- Sam Huff
- Chuck Howley
- Frank Gatski
4) This historical marker says: Named for
Captain James Booth, pioneer soldier and settler. He was killed by
Indians, 1778, and his companion, Nathaniel Cochran, wounded and
captured. William Grundy, brother of the noted Felix Grundy, was
also killed by Indians near by. The location is County Route 73/73
(Old County Route 73), at junction with County Route 73/7.
What is the historical marker’s title?
- Nats Corner
5) Baxter is an unincorporated community in
Marion County, West Virginia. Baxter lies to the northwest of
Rivesville. The town was once the site of the Stafford Mine, one
of the largest bituminous coal mines in Marion County, owned by
the New Central Coal Company of New York.
runs along Baxter?
- Ann's Run
- Paw Paw Creek
- Robinson Run
6) Big Run is an unincorporated community in
Marion County, West Virginia on Wiley Fork Rd (Co. 19 & Co. 15/3).
It lies along Big Run, the stream from which it takes its name.
7) Grays Flat (often "Grays Flats", or "Grey
Flats") is an unincorporated community in Marion County, West
Virginia. It lies along the Paw Paw Creek.
What is the
town the community is adjacent to?
- Grant Town
- Lee Town
- Marion Town
8) Hebron is an unincorporated Marion County
community. It takes its name from the Hebron Church there.
The community lays next to what creek?
- Crime Creek
- Glady Creek
- Muddy Creek
9) Pine Grove is an unincorporated Marion
County community. Pine Groves lies to the west of Barrackville.
What is the creek that is along?
- Buffalo Creek
- Clarabelle Creek
- Howdy Creek
10) Barrackville Covered Bridge is the title
of this historical marker. Inscription This covered bridge, built
in 1853 by…West Virginia's pioneer bridge builders, is an
excellent example of a modified Burr Truss and is in substantially
original condition. The bridge was saved from destruction during
Jones' Raid, April 29, 1863, by the Ice family, nearby mill owners
and Southern sympathizers. It's the only covered bridge in the
state that bears its vehicular loads with essentially no modern
reinforcement. Location: Barrackville, secondary route 250/32 &
county route 21 at bridge.
Who built the bridge?
- Eli and Lemuel Chenoweth
- Clem Teets
- Clair and David White
11) The title: Indian Massacre on this
historical marker. The inscription says: Here Nicholas Wood and
Jacob Straight were killed and Mrs. Elizabeth Dragoo captured
during Indian raid… Mrs. Straight and daughter made their escape
from the Indians by hiding under sheltering rocks near by.
Marker’s location: US 250, near Farmington (missing).
When was the raid?
12) Title: Farmington Disaster. Inscription:
Explosion in Consolidated Coal No. 9 mine November 20, 1968
resulted in deaths of 78 miners, with only 21 men rescued. Mine
sealed ten days later due to fires and explosions. In 1969
recovery efforts began. Over ten year period the bodies of 59
miners were extracted. Mine permanently sealed in November 1978.
This disaster led to passage of Federal Coal Mine Health and
Safety Act of 1969.
What is the marker location?
- Junction of WV218 and Church Street, Farmington
Junction of WV218 and US250, Farmington
Junction of Main
Street and US250, Farmington
13) Title: Waitman T. Willey. Inscription: A
mile north stood the cabin in which Waitman T. Willey, the State's
first U.S. Senator, was born, October 18, 1811. Elected August 4,
1863 by the Legislature, he served until March 3, 1871. Died May
2, 1900; buried in Morgantown. Location: Farmington, WV 218 North,
just north of US 250 bridge.
He represented both the
states of Virginia and West Virginia in the United States Senate.
14) Grant Town is a town in Marion County,
West Virginia. The town was formed in 1901 with the opening of the
Federal Coal and Coke Company bituminous coal mine, and was named
for Robert Grant, vice president of the coal company. The "Federal
No. 1" mine remained open for the next 84 years until its closure
in 1985. At one point it was the largest underground coal mine in
the world in terms of gross production, mining the Pittsburgh coal
seam. The town was incorporated as a municipality in 1946.
Wilson was born in Grant Town on August 1, 1931.
cartoon strip did he create?
- Iron Man
- Beetle Bailey
15) South of Montana off County Route 72 is
the Jacob Prickett, Jr. Log House.
When was it listed
at National Register of Historic Places?
- April 20, 1979
- April 20, 1989
- April 20, 1999
16) This historical marker is titled Indian
Massacre. The inscription: Here Nicholas Wood and Jacob Straight
were killed and Mrs. Elizabeth Dragoo captured during Indian raid
in 1786. Mrs. Straight and daughter made their escape from the
Indians by hiding under sheltering rocks near by. The location is
US 250, near Farmington (missing)
17) Fort Paw Paw is the title of this
historical marker. It reads: North on high flat, overlooking the
junction of Paw Paw Creek and the Monongahela River, was "Paw Paw
Fort", a ninety-foot square stockade-fort erected in 1781. Rangers
commanded by Captain Jack Evans garrisoned it.
is the marker located?
- US 19, near Rivesville-Fairview Road
- US 190, near Rivesville-Fairview Road
- WV 19, near Rivesville-Fairview Road
18) The David Morgan historical marker reads:
Near this spot, 1779, David Morgan killed two Indians, of whose
attack on his two children he had been warned in a strange dream.
Morgan lived on a farm on the Monongahela River between Paw Paw
and Prickett Creeks.
Where is the sign located?
- US 19, Rivesville
- US 19, Georgetown
- US 19, Worthington
19) Inscription on this historical marker
reads: To south, Indian fort built in 1777 under direction of
Captain James Booth. It was an important place of refuge for many
early settlers in this valley. Near by was the iron furnace built
by Benjamin Brice in 1812. Its
location is on US 19, 0.6 miles
north of junction with WV 218, north of Worthington.
the title of the historical marker?
- Booth’s Fort
- Brice Park
- Coon's Fort
20) The Monongah Disaster historical marker
reads: On the 6th of Dec., 1907 361 coal miners, many of them from
countries far across the sea, perished under these hills in the
worst mining disaster of our nation. The four who escaped died of
injuries. You discover location on County Route 56, Monongah Town
Hall, in Monongah. It is believed there was a sole survivor of the
Who was the survivor?
- Irving Edwards
- George Mitchell
- Peter Urban
21) Title: Lenna Lowe Yost. Inscription: Born
in 1878 in Basnettville, Marion Co. President of Women's Christian
Temperance Union by 1908; led state suffrage movement in 1917,
resulting in 1920 passage of 19th Amendment giving women right to
vote. She was first woman to chair WV Republican party convention
and be appointed to State Board of Education. Served as Director,
National Republican Party Women's Division. Died 5 May 1972.
Location: Junction of WV 218 and County Route 17, Basnettville