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Mill Creek and Huttonsville, West Virginia

Posted by graywacke on May 28, 2009

First timer? In this (hopefully) once-a-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), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

Dan – Well, a little hiccup here, as I’ve squandered two chances for a new record low Score (and in fact have pushed my Score back above 160). Today I landed in a marginal OSer, pushing it deeper into OS-land . . . WV; 16/14; 6/10; 12; 160.3.

Interesting thing about WV. My initial landing in WV was landing 496. This made WV the last “major” state for me to land in. (Teeny states that hadn’t been landed in by landing 496 include NJ (hit just a few days later at landing 503); RI (landing 722); VT (landing 814); and DE (haven’t landed there yet). Before my initial WV landing, I had landed in NH (early on, at landing 68).

Anyway, as you might imagine, WV was way US for quite a while. But, I kept on landing in WV at an OSer pace, and by landing 1052, WV had become a PSer, and has since inched its way into OS-land. (FYI, today’s WV landing is no. 1729).

A new river, the Middle Fork of the Tygart Valley River (my 1015th different river); on to the Tygart Valley River (3rd hit); on to the Monongahela (3rd hit); on to the Ohio (in beautiful downtown Pittsburgh).

Here’s my landing map:


What caught my eye was how close together two little towns are: Mill Creek & Huttonsville. I did a little web research, but couldn’t find any info as to how this happened. Anyway, here’s a shot showing the two towns and their proximity. (FYI, the two town boundaries are only a half mile apart there along Rt. 219).


Anyway, here’s a broader view, featuring Mill Creek:

mill creek

Another thing that caught my eye was an extremely descriptive Huttonsville street name: “Huttonsville Medium Security Prison Road.” Here’s a close-up of that obviously aptly-named road:

huttonsville md sec prsn rd

I mean, really!?! Why wasn’t “Huttsonville Prison Road” good enough? And who decided the abbreviation should be “Huttonsville Md Security Prsn Rd?”

To find out if the road’s name is on current GPS data bases, I went to Google Maps and typed in “Huttonsville Medium Security Prison Road.” I got nothing. I then typed in “Huttonsville Md Security Rd” and Bingo! Google Maps took me right there . . .

Here’s the prison entrance:

Huttonsville Correctional Center

So why didn’t they call the road the Huttonsville Correctional Center Road??

And this, of the lovely Hutton House B&B (with five lovely rooms and prices starting at $95/night):

Hutton House B&B

I’ll close with this, of the Mill Creek one-room schoolhouse:

Mill Creek School



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