Country Roads of West Virginia by Lynn Seldon

By Lynn Seldon

From the again roads of Alabama to romantic getaways within the middle of recent York City... from county festivals and fairs to recipes from nation motels, state Roads Press bargains the easiest in regional-interest titles for locations during the kingdom.

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The places of the state are quite special, but the people make them memorable. From natives who decide to stay to others who come for a visit and never leave, the state is full of special people doing special things for tourists. Special thanks go to Cindy Harrington, travel media director with the state's tourism office, whose love of the state matches mine and who made my research trips productive and enjoyable. This book could not have been written without Cindy. Steve Shalutta and David Fatalleh, two of the state's fine photographers, helped me translate many of my wonderful West Virginia experiences onto film.

The lands purchased by the federal government for the forest had mostly been forested during the late 1800s and early 1900s and were often little more than bare hillsides. The early days of the Monongahela saw the reestablishment of a tree cover Page 24 through planting programs. The Civilian Conservation Corps was active in the 1930s, building stone and timber pavilions and many other structures that remain today. The Monongahela has expanded greatly since those early days and has regrown a thick new cover of trees.

Excavation of the mound required two shafts, one vertical and one horizontal, to gain access to the mound. Exploration revealed two burial vaults containing remains, Adena ornaments, and a small inscribed sandstone tablet. Along with a quick climb to the top of the mound, the Dell Norona Museum at the base provides a good overview of the Adena period and lifestyle. The state penitentiary just across the street provides inmates for the upkeep of the park. South of Moundsville, Route 2 continues winding along, parallel to the meandering Ohio River and lots of river-based Page 6 industry.

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