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Volume 31, Number 4

Virgil Lewis painting
Virgil A. Lewis was West Virginia’s first state historian and archivist, serving from 1905 until his death in 1912. This posthumous portrait was painted by J.C. Adler in 1913. Photograph by Michael Keller. Our story begins on page 10.

Published by the

Joe Manchin III, Governor

Kay Goodwin, Secretary
Department of Education and the Arts

Troy Body, Commissioner
Division of Culture and History

John Lilly, Editor

Gordon Simmons
Editorial Assistant

Cornelia Crews Alexander
Circulation Manager

BlaineTurner Advertising, Inc.
Publication Design

Fall 2005

2 Letters from Readers

6 Current Programs*Events*Publications


10 100 Years of Collecting
State Archives Centennial
By Gordon Simmons
17 Virgil A. Lewis
Mountain State Historian
18 Hunting for the State
Charles Rand’s 1914 Adventure
By John Lilly
22 Hidden Gems
Photographs from the State Archives
28 Weirton’s Singing Men of Steel
By Mary Zwierzchowski
34 A Fayette County Christmas
By Karen R. Shepherd
36 “Bus on a Rock”
Bruiser Cole’s Camp at Gauley Bridge
By Anna Sale
42 Cole Boats
By Gerald Milnes
46 Rosbys Rock
No More, No Less
By Carl E. Feather
54 Wye Plummer Pritt
50 Years As a Track Man
By Troy Wye Pritt and Troy Lynn Pritt
60 West Virginia Back Roads
All Aboard in Belington
Leon Cross and the New Tygart Flyer
By Carl E. Feather
62 New Books Available
By Gordon Simmons
66 Mountain Music Roundup
By John Lilly
69 GOLDENSEAL 2005 Index


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