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Road Construction in West Virginia

The topography of West Virginia has been a constant challenge for the construction of roads and bridges throughout our state. The images in this exhibit, on display between August 2017 and June 2018, demonstrate the hard work of many to connect our cities and towns. From the earliest image of a turnpike that predates statehood to the dedication of the New River Gorge Bridge, the longest arch bridge in the Western hemisphere, these images show why we love our country roads.


Photograph, Route 2, pre-pavement, Beech Bottom, Brooke County, 1934. Hatty Glover Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, View of Fairview - Good Roads meeting banner, Fairview, Marion County, circa 1920. Monongahela Valley Traction Company Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Road construction crew at work, Sissonville, Kanawha County, 1927. West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Alderson house near Spy Rock, James River and Kanawha Turnpike, Fayette County, undated. Thomas O. Taylor Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Wheeling Suspension Bridge undergoing restoration work, Wheeling, Ohio County, 1980s. Wheeling Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Steamroller on road construction of US Route 50, undated. Taylor County Historical Society Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Wheeling Suspension Bridge with National Road West signs, Wheeling, Ohio County, undated. West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Stone bridge on old National Road, Ohio County, undated. West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Philippi Bridge portal, Philippi, Barbour County, undated. West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Dr. Oscar B. Beer in one of the area's first cars on the Weston Road approaching Buckhannon, Upshur County, circa 1905. Howard Hiner Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Paving First Street, Lewis County, 1930s, Andrew Sleigh, Photographer. Bergin Skidmore Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, View of suspension bridge into Morgantown, Monongalia County, undated. Ralph Miles Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Thomas-Davis road in heavy snow, Tucker County, undated. David Stahin Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Old barn at Stone House at foot of hill west of Ravens Eye, Kanawha and James River Turnpike used by stage drivers after being built in 1824, Fayette County, August 19, 1938. West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Columbia Boulevard riverbank work (now Kanawha Boulevard West) railroad bridge in background, Charleston, Kanawha County, February 21, 1939. Bollinger Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Road construction, MacCorkle Avenue near Watt Powell Park, Charleston, Kanawha County, June 1967. George Holbrook Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Camp Washington-Carver road construction, Clifftop, Fayette County, undated. West Virginia State College Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, View of Esso tank advertising West Virginia Turnpike, Charleston, Kanawha County, 1950s. West Virginia Turnpike Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Road construction - Hugh Duty on steam roller, Madison, Boone County, undated. Jonathan Caldwell Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Road construction workers for Thoney Pietro Company, 1910-1915. Thoney Pietro Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Hart residence, Rich Mountain battlefield. From Grant's Photo Record of West Virginia, Randolph County, 1901. West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Men paving a city street, Williamson, Mingo County, undated. Thoney Pietro Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Premier Cut. Largest highway cut in West Virginia - 165 feet deep, three miles from Welch, McDowell County, undated. Civilian Conservation Corps Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Toll plaza dedication ceremony, undated, Harry Taylor, Photographer. West Virginia Turnpike Commission Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, New River Gorge Bridge under construction, Fayette County, undated. West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Hurricane-Lewis Road under construction, Kanawha County, 1940. Division of Highways Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Concrete laying over sub grade crushed limestone and smooth sand, Jefferson County, May 1924. DOH Road Construction Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Road junction of projects 3010 and 2094, Mineral County, undated. DOH Road Construction Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Northwestern Pike through the town of Romney, Hampshire County, May 22, 1921. DOH Road Construction Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Highway Bounds of Project 3011, Hampshire County, undated. DOH Road Construction Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Muddy Road, Stony River Cut 122, Grant County, May 1924. DOH Road Construction Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Pouring tar using hand-sprayer, October 1922. DOH Road Construction Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Standard repair warning sign. DOH Road Construction Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Markwood Bridge, taken downstream side preparing footings, Mineral County, October 1, 1926. DOH Road Construction Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Link belt unloader and Dodge six-cylinder truck. Unloaded 6-8 cars daily with two-mile haul loads. 2 tons in 1 3/4 minutes, Hardy County, September 1927. DOH Road Construction Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Paving machinery at work, Randolph County, undated. DOH Road Construction Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, South end of Parsons, street showing sign post, Tucker County, August 1928. DOH Road Construction Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Close up showing size numerals for truck marking, February 1929. DOH Road Construction Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Looking north at the Virginia-West Virginia border on Route 28, Pendleton County, July 30, 1931. DOH Road Construction Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Approach fill to Gormania Bridge, Grant County, July 10, 1930. DOH Road Construction Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Junction with High Street at south edge of Franklin, Pendleton County, March 14, 1932. DOH Road Construction Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Arch Moore and crowd at dedication of East End Bridge in Huntington, Cabell County, August 8, 1985. Division of Highways Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Document, Good Roads Pamphlet. L.E. Lantz Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Sketch, Sketch of the Northwestern Turnpike, from Winchester to Parkersburg by Joseph H. Diss Debar, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Charlton Memorial Bridge along I-77, Mercer County, January 1958. West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Partly completed portal of Memorial Tunnel at east, Kanawha County, September 16, 1953. West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Construction along the West Virginia Turnpike, November 10, 1953. West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Dedication of New River Gorge Bridge, Fayette County, October 22, 1977. Division of Highways Collection, West Virginia State Archives


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