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Capital -Charleston, Berkeley
Cities- Lynchburg, Charleston
Year of statehood- 1863
Motto-Mountaineers are always free –montian simper er liberi
5 other facts-state tree is the sugar maple, state gem is
the fossil coral, has 1 national forest, 9 state forests, 37 state parks
... the first land battle of the Civil War was fought – and for having the only covered bridge still in use as a federal highway. Oh, and for a historical barn !?)
We headed out along Interstate 66 (no, not Route 66 yet) and then I-50 took us north and west through the sprawling suberbs of Washington DC. It was hot, it was damned hot, hotter than a snake’s belly in a wagon rut (as they say around here - apparently). The air temperature gauge on ...
... line freight operations and two other scenics) has notions/aspiration/dreams of reconnecting Cass with Durbin and in another direction, with Elkins; in both cases, with rail, sleepers and roadbed that will support a "track speed" (speed limit) of perhaps 40-50 mph (FWIW, many -- perhaps 'most'.scenic operations run in the 7 - 15 mph range). Then the plan is reputed to be reconnecting a final leg -- an old WVRR or C&O line between Durbin ...
... br> Walt had a chance to mount the cab and take pix there before we left and the crew were generous with their time in conversation. Seems the D&G is believed to be the likely private successor to the State as owner and operator of the Cass Scenic RR... and that the D&G (which is commonly owned with two short line freight operations and two other scenics) has notions/aspiration/dreams of reconnecting Cass with Durbin and in another direction, with Elkins; in both ...
... telescope to radio interference of any kind. Because of that, there is a ban on the use of all sorts of things -- including digital cameras, anywhere near the telescopes AND a complete ban on cell phone use -- and towers -- in the whole valley! Thus no cell phone service! I don't feel so bad now that I know it's for a good reason!
Walt would have to fill in the details, because I didn't take notes, but this telescope weighs 17 MILLION pounds. I think the ...