2017 trip travel blog

State capitol dome

Ann Jarvis established mothers day


Chandelier from Chech republic

WV established during the civil war

Coal miner

We took a guided tour of the state Capitol building and learned it's location changed from Wheeling and Charleston 4 times, this building was built in 1932 after the prior building blew up from stored ammunition that was taken from coal strikers to prevent violence. The capitol has an interior dome that is beautiful.

In the same complex is the Cultural Center which is a museum of West Virginia history, we went to it. On the walk to it we passed a statue of a Coal Miner. The museum included exhibits about mining, prehistoric WV that produced it's coal and the settlement and development of culture in the area. A really great museum that is interactive so entertaining as well. The Governor's mansion was not open but is also on the grounds. We had to pay a parking meter in the complex, very busy area.

Charleston is a large city so we didn't visit any other places. We did pass Nitro, interesting name. It comes from nitrocellulose the main ingredient in gunpowder. It was to be the ammunition production facility for WWI. The government built an $80 million complex to manufacture explosives and chemicals. However the first shipment was made in November 1918 just as the war ended. There is some manufacturing going on now but this is also a superfund environmental site. Afterwards I read about a salt mine near Charleston and wished we had known to visit it when we were there. Many natural resources are located along the Kanawha River.

We still have a tire leak, probably the valve stem. Stopped at Mohr's Tire Farms that advertises at the campground, doesn't have much room for us to pull the Eagle into. Luckily one of their workers is staying at the KOA and will look at us on his way home. He came to us which was more convenient and replaced the valve stem. That should be the final fix, has been a nagging problem to be leaking air for these past few weeks.

There is a Mountaineer Opry in town - on the outskirts. Unfortunately we won't be here on the weekend when they have live music as it is apparently very good. Next time.

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