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Clarksburg, WV
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Trivia powered by Prof. Walter1) The first documented visitor to the area now known as Clarksburg was a trapper, who in 1764 located his camp on the West Fork River opposite the mouth of Elk Creek.  Who was the trapper?

  • Rodney Allen
  • Daniel Robertson
  • John Simpson
  • Morgan Walle

2) As early as the year 1772 settlers began locating their lands near where Clarksburg now stands, and in 1773 Daniel Davisson took up 400 acres, upon which the principal part of the town is now located.

  • True or False?

3) The year 1774 found the following persons settled in the neighborhood of Clarksburg, Daniel Davisson, Thomas Nutter, Samuel Cottrill, Sotha Hickman, Samuel Beard, Andrew Cottrill, Obadiah Davisson, John Nutter, Matthew Nutter and Amaziah Davisson. There were no doubt others located on public lands of which no official record was made. Who was NOT a early Clarksburg settler?

  • Samuel Beard
  • Samuel Cottrill
  • Thomas Nutter
  • Rodney White

4) What year was Clarksburg incorporated?

  • 1783
  • 1785
  • 1787
  • 1789

5) The city is named for General George Rogers Clark,who gained great fame on the frontier by his many expeditions against the British and Indians in the Indian Wars and the war of the American Revolution, particularly by his bold capture of the Fort of Vincennes now in the State of Indiana in the year 1778.

  • True or False?

6) The first Court House stood on what is now the North East Corner of Second and Main Streets and the jail stood on the opposite side of Main Street near where the Presbyterian church now stands. What year was it built?

  • 1787
  • 1797
  • 1807
  • 1817

7) Clarksburg is the birthplace of General Thomas J. Stonewall Jackson on January 21, 1824. Where is his Historical Landmark sign is located?

  • East Main Street and North Third Street
  • Washington Ave and South Chestnut Street
  • West Main Street and South Third Street
  • West Pike Street and South Third Street

8) The Northwestern Turnpike, now known as U.S. Route 50, chartered in 1827, and begun in 1831, reached Clarksburg in 1836. What year was the road macadamized from the Tygarts Valley River to Parkersburg?

  • 1848
  • 1878
  • 1928
  • 1948

9) In 1840, there was an established daily line of stages and a regular mail service which made connection with Ohio River steamers at Parkersburg.

  • True or False?

10) What railroad reached Clarksburg from Grafton in 1856.

  • Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
  • Burlington Northern
  • New York Central
  • Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway

11) Built in 1894 and named in honor of Reverend George Towers, graduate of Oxford, England who was a teacher at Randolph Academy. The Academy, authorized by the Virginia Assembly in 1787, stood just to the east and was the principal regional school from 1795 to 1843. The Northwestern Virginia Academy, incorporated by the Virginia Legislature in 1842, occupied this site from 1843-1893. The historical marker is located at 2nd Street, between Pike Street and Hewes Avenue, Clarksburg. What is the name of the school?

  • Hightower School
  • Rogers School
  • Salem School
  • Towers School

12) These Oak Mounds are directly to the east are two earthen, domed burial mounds of the historical marker on WV 98 in front of VA Medical Center. The larger mound is some sixty feet in diameter and twelve feet high. Excavations revealed flint tools, pottery sherds and skeletal remains of two individuals. Site dates to about 100 BC, late Early Woodland Period. What year was the excavation?

  • 1959
  • 1969
  • 1979
  • 1989

13) These Oak Mounds are on the crown of the hill to the east is a large Indian mound and to the west of it is a smaller mound. These mounds have never been excavated but they were probably built by the Hopewellian culture between A. D. 1 and 1000. The larger mound is about 12 feet high and 60 feet in diameter. A number of burials of important persons of the culture probably occur in these mounds. The site of this historical marker is at the junction with Armory Road (19/57), Clarksburg. What is the highway?

  • US 19 (northbound)
  • WV 79 (southbound)
  • US 50 (eastbound)
  • US 119 (northbound)

14) At the Jackson Cemetery is a cemetery where members of the Stonewall Jackson family lie buried: his father Jonathan, a sister Elizabeth, his great grandparents John Jackson and wife Elizabeth Cummings. Buried here also are Mrs. Mary Payne Jackson and Mrs. Mary Coles Payne, sister and mother of Dorothy (Dolly) Madison, wife of President James Madison. Some Civil War soldiers lie buried in this place; called Jackson Park. This historical marker is on WV 20 (East Pike Street), near junction with US 50, Clarksburg.

  • True or False?

15) Waldomore, is a two-story Neo-Classical brick mansion located in uptown Clarksburg, West Virginia. The Waldomore was constructed in late 1839 for Waldo P. Goff on part of a 4-acre tract that extended from Pike Street to Elk Creek. The structure's name was coined by combining the names of the original owners Waldo Goff and his wife Harriet L. Moore. The Waldomore was donated to the City of Clarksburg by May Goff Lowndes (Mrs. Richard T. Lowndes) in 1930 on the condition that it was to be used as a public library or museum and for no other purpose. It served as the Clarksburg Public Library from 1931 to 1976 and now a museum and archive. When was the building listed on the National Register of Historic Places?

  • October 4, 1958
  • October 4, 1968
  • October 4, 1978
  • October 4, 1988

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Clarksburg, WV [Answers]

  1. John Simpson
  2. True
  3. Rodney White
  4. 1785
  5. True
  6. 1787
  7. West Main Street and South Third Street
  8. True
  9. 1848
  10. Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
  11. Towers School
  12. 1969
  13. US 19 (northbound)
  14. True
  15. October 4, 1978

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