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Center Branch Church
Sign located between Rt. 20 and Simpson Creek, in Nutterfort. I also have a photo of the church. This was the first Baptist church west of the Alleghenies. Sign reads: Center Branch Church - organized in 1818 by 19 members of Simpson Creek Baptist Church wanting a house of worship nearer to their homes. Original log building stood below road. Present structure was erected in 1854.
John Powers Fort
Sign located on Rt.50, Bridgeport, WV. Sign reads: John Powers' Fort - On Simpson Creek is site of fort built by John Powers, 1771. Nearby is grave of Col. Benjamin Wilson. soldier and settler. Here lived Joseph Johnson. only Virginia governor from west of Alleghenies: first elected by popular vote.
Sign located on Rt. 19, north of Shinnston, WV. Sign reads: Enterprise - Nearby is the McIntire blockhouse, built in 1773, 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 indians.
Benedum Civic Center


Sign located on Rt. 50 in Bridgeport, WV. I also have a photo of the Civic Center. Sign reads: Benedum Civic Center - Enlarged replica on site of original Michael L. Benedum family home. Benedum, born here 16 July 1869. Died 30 July 1959. Known as the "Great Wildcatter" for success in oil exploration, he became as well known for philanthropy. Benedum name is prominent in West Virginia for gifts of scholarship, educational facilities and community sites, such as this center he dedicated in 1956.


Nutter's Fort sign
Sign located on Rt. 20, Nutter's Fort, WV. Sign reads: Nutter's Fort - Built by Thomas Nutter in 1772 after settlement two years earlier. Nutter was a captain in the Revolutionary Army and is buried here. Refugees from Hacker's Creek settlements came here during the Indian raids of 1779.
Saltwell sign
Sign located on County Rt. 13 (Saltwell Rd), Southeast of Saltwell, WV. Sign reads: Saltwell - So named because of well drilled here in 1835 by Abraham and Peter Righter. The well reached a depth of 745 feet releasing natural gas. Often attributed to be first deep well drilled in the 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.
Oak Mounds sign
Sign located on County Rt. 98 (I think) beside the Veterans Administration Hospital. I didn't see the burial mounds. Sign reads: Oak Mounds - Directly to the east are two earthen, domed burial mounds. The larger mound is some sixty feet in diameter and twelve feet high. Excavations in 1969 revealed flint tools, pottery shards and skeletal remains of two individuals. Site dates to about 100 BC, late Woodland Period.
Sign located at the intersection of State Rt. 20 and Rt. 19 in Clarksburg, WV. A small memorial at this location. Sign reads: John Simpson - In 1764, John Simpson, hunter and trapper, established a camp here on the bank of the West Fork River opposite the mouth of Elk River. He was the first white man in the area. Simpson Creek and the town of Simpson are named for him.
Sign located near the Meadowbrook mall in Harrison County, W.Va. Sign reads : Simpson Creek Bridge - A.S. Hugill built 75' long by 14' wide multiple king-post truss bridge in 1881 for $1483 on land of John Lowe. Survived great flood of 1888 but was washed away from original site 1/2 mile upstream in 1899.

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Updated : January 22, 2005