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Burlington, West Virginia

Posted by graywacke on May 3, 2013

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now pretty much an every-third-day blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean in the first paragraph), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

 Landing number 2009; A Landing A Day blog post number 427.

Dan –  Cruising back towards the mid 150s with yet another OSer (4 in a row) . . . WV; 19/16; 6/10; 9; 153.4.  Here’s my regional landing map, showing that I landed in the eastern panhandle of WV:

 bur landing 1

My closer-in map shows my proximity to Route 50, Burlington and the Patterson Creek (oh boy – thanks to Route 50, I’ll probably get a close-up look at my landing spot):

 bur landing 2

This streams-only shot shows that Mill Creek flows right along Route 50 (just south of my landing), and heads east where it flows into Patterson Ck (at Burlington). 

bur landing 3

Patterson Ck heads north and flows into a new river (my 1115th), the North Branch of the Potomac; on to the Potomac (11th hit); on past Washington DC and into the Chesapeake Bay.

 You may recall a rather robust discussion of the various state panhandles that appeared in my fairly recent Hooker OK post (I landed in the OK panhandle, of course).  In that post, I pointed out that the only panhandle where I hadn’t landed was the eastern panhandle of WV.  Well, I’ve finally turned that page . . .

 Speaking of turning pages, a page I have yet to turn (after 2009 landings) is landing in the state of Delaware!  (As you know, Delaware is the only hold out.)  Here’s a list of small states (with areas less than 10,000 sq miles; sorry about that, Massachusetts), their areas, the number of landings, and their OS/US status (for any newbies actually paying attention, OS = OverSubscribed and US = UnderSubscribed):

 Rhode Island              1,545 sq mi      2 landings        (OS; should be 1 landing) 

Delaware                     2,489 sq mi      0 landings        (US; should be 2 landings)

Connecticut                 5,544 sq mi      6 landings        (OS; should be 4 landings)

New Jersey                  8,722 sq mi      3 landings        (US; should be 6 landings)

New Hampshire          9,351 sq mi      10 landings      (OS; should be 6 landings)

Vermont                      9,615 sq mi      9 landings        (OS; should be 6 landings)

 I just realized that for Delaware I wrote “0 landings,” with an “s.”  But, of course, for Rhode Island, I wrote “1 landing” (no “s”).  Interesting that “zero” seems to demand a plural noun . . .

 Phew, that was a digression within a digression!  Getting back to business, here’s my GE shot:

bur ge 1

 Stepping out a little, you can see that Route 50 follows the path carved out by Mill Ck through the hills:

bur ge 2

 And yes, Route 50 does have GE StreetView coverage, so here’s a close-in shot of my landing spot (although, disappointingly, the big yellow push-pin didn’t show up, like it did for my Gladstone OR landing in front of Scuba RX):

 bur ge 3

So, this about Burlington (pop 182), from Wiki:

 Burlington is located in Mineral CountyWest Virginia, located along U.S. Route 50 (also known as the Northwestern Turnpike).

The first settlers arrived as early as 1738.  About 30 farms were established and were part of Lord Fairfax’s 9,000 acre Patterson Creek Manor.

At Weaver’s Antique Service Station, one can step back in time to the days of gas pumps and classic cars. Operated until 1985 as a service station, the landmark has become a living museum complete with pedal cars and other service station memorabilia. The proprietor, Ed Weaver, died in November 2009. It is now closed to the public.

While still open, antique vehicles were stationed at the gasoline pumps of the service station, and within the shop shelves were lined with items from a bygone era. On the counter near the cash register was a book of gasoline ration cards as if it were 1943.

Here’s a picture of the erstwhile Weaver’s Antique Service Station (from Wiki):

 bur wiki Weavers_Garage_Burlington_WV_2004

So, Route 50 follows the route of the old Northwestern Turnpike.  From Wiki:

The Northwestern Turnpike is a historic road in West Virginia (Virginia at the time the road was created), important for being historically one of the major roads crossing the Appalachians, financed by the Virginia Board of Public Works in the 1830s. In modern times, west of Winchester, VirginiaU.S. Route 50 follows the path of the Northwestern Turnpike into West Virginia and on to Parkersburg.

 Looking back up at my stepped-out GE shot, it’s easy to see why the Turnpike followed the route of Mill Ck through the hills.  Just west of my landing, is an old stone building called Traveler’s Rest.  From Wiki:

 Travelers Rest is located on U.S Route 50 West of Burlington in Mineral County, West Virginia. It was built for the Wagon Trains going west.  It would house the travelers and provide feed and water for the horses before going over the Mountains.

 Here’s a GE StreetView shot of the Travelers Rest:

 bur ge 4 traverler's rest - w of markwood

I’ll finish with a couple of interesting Burlington pictures; first, this from bmwbmw.org (a motorcycle roadtrip post by Rick F):

 bur bmwbmw.org rick f

And then this, circa 1905, of a Burlington schoolhouse:

 School at Burlington, Mineral County, circa 1905.  Joanna Lyon Collection

  That’ll do it.

 KS

 Greg

 

 

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