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Marion County, WV
History Made Easy Q & A

What do you know about the Marion County, WV History Made Easy Q & A?
Try this West Virginia History Made Easy Q & A.
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Trivia powered by Prof. Walter1) 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 Revolutionary War.
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?

  • Boothsville
  • Grundy
  • 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.
What waterway 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.

  • True or False?

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?

  • 1786
  • 1796
  • 1806

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.

  • True or False?

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.
Tom Wilson was born in Grant Town on August 1, 1931.
What cartoon strip did he create?

  • Iron Man
  • Beetle Bailey
  • Ziggy

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)

  • True or False?

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.
Where 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.
What is 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 blast.
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

  • True or False?

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Marion County, WV [Answers]

  1. January 14, 1842
  2. May 29, 1979
  3. Chuck Howley
  4. Boothsville
  5. Paw Paw Creek
  6. True
  7. Grant Town
  8. Glady Creek
  9. Buffalo Creek
  10. Eli and Lemuel Chenoweth
  11. 1786
  12. Junction of WV218 and US250, Farmington
  13. True
  14. Ziggy
  15. April 20, 1979
  16. True
  17. US 19, near Rivesville-Fairview Road
  18. US 19, Rivesville
  19. Coon's Fort
  20. Peter Urban
  21. True

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