The Parkersburg News, August 23,1902 story about Cherry CountyThe County of Cherry, Strong fight will be made at next session of Legislature for formation of New County. Residents of Southwestern Nicholas and Northwestern Greenbrier wish a separate Territory to be included one of most magnificent Coal and Lumber Regions in the State - Richwood a Hustling Little City of 2,500 Inhabitants, Situated at Terminus of West Virginia and Pittsburg Railway (WV&P), Will be the County Seat.Cherry River Valley Created for Great Manufacturing center; it Now has some of the Largest Woodworking Plants in the World - The Dodge Clothes Pin Factory Largest in Existence and Ships its Products to All Corners of Earth; Cherry River Boom and Lumber Company Most Complete Plant in the State - An Interesting Sketch of a Rich Portion of West Virginia Which in the Past Has Been Too Little Noticed.
Source: The Parkersburg News, Sunday Morning, August 23, 1902.
(1) In 1901, the West Virginia and Pittsburg Railway (WV&P) was completed to Richwood, WV thus providing a rail connection between the B&O and the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway (C&O) in West Virginia, by way of Weston, Clarksburg, Buckhannon, Sutton, and Richwood, WV. ,
(2) What was the West Virginia and Pittsburg Railway (WV&P), now the B & O at the fork of Cherry River; in the county of Nicholas about ten miles from the Greenbrier County Line, this is where Nancy Hart, The girl guerrilla operated throughout 1862.
(3) Nicholas County was formed in 1818 from parts of Kanawha, Greenbrier and Randolph Counties, and named for Wilson Cary Nicholas, Governor of Virginia, 1814-1816. County Seat: Summersville, WV
(4) The decades-long consolidation of the rail industry led to the closure of Richwood branch lines in the 1960s have been converted to trail for public use. Cherry River Rails to trails. There are train tunnels, bridges and tons of scenery along the Cherry and Gauley rivers.
The News photo above is a view from the South Side of the Saw Mill Plant, Cherry River Boom and Lumber Company in the 1902.
submitted by: Millie Hammonds Stinnett
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(1) Cherry River Boom and Lumber Company
(2) The Dodge Clothes Pin Factory