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Title: Our western empire, or, The new West beyond the Mississippi : the latest and most comprehensive work on the states and territories west of the Mississippi : containing the fullest and most complete description, from official and other authentic sources, of the geography, geology and natural history (with abundant incidents and adventures), the climates, soil, agriculture, the mineral and mining products, the crops, and herds and flocks, the social condition, educational and religious progress, and future prospects of the whole region lying between the Mississippi and Pacific Ocean : to which is added the various routines, and prices of passage and transportation for emigrants thither, the laws, regulations and provisions for obtaining lands from the national or state government of railroads, counsel as to locations and procuring lands, crops most profitable for culture, mining operations, and the lastest processes for the reduction of gold and silver, the exercise of trades or professions, and detailed descriptions of each state ad territory, with full information concerning Manitoba, British Columbia, and those regions in the Atlantic States adapted to settlement, by those who do not wish to go west, and statistics of crops, areas, rainfall, etc.
Year: 1881 (1880s)
Authors: Brockett, L. P. (Linus Pierpont), 1820-1893
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Publisher: Philadelphia : Bradley, Garretson & Co. Columbus, O. : W. Garretson & Co.
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nly in Texas. The cetacea of the Pacific coast include the right and Califor-nia gray whale, the hump-back and fin-back, two beaked whales,the sperm whale, black fish, walrus, and three species of porpoise.The amphibia are the sea elephant, three or four sea lions, twospecies each of seal and sea otter. The birds of this vast territory number more than 500 speciesalready described, and many more discovered but not yet fullydescribed. There are twenty-five species of climbers, nearlytwo-thirds of them wood-peckers; more than forty species ofbirds of prey, including six of the eagle family, twenty hawks,buzzard hawks and falcons ; twelve or thirteen species of owls;the king of the vultures, as large as the condor and thelammergeier; and the turkey-vulture or turkey-buzzard, socommon in the South. Of the perchers, fiy-catchers, and graln-pluckers, most of themsong birds, there are nearly 200 species; in the first group areincluded crows, ravens, magpies, jays, jackdaws and king-fishers ;

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EAGLE, VULTURE, HAWK, PHEAsANT, PTARMIGAN, CALIFORNIA PARTRIDGE. PRAIRIE HEN, TURKEY,FLAMINGO, CRANE, IBIS, SWAN, GOOSE. DUCKS. ZOOLOGY OF OUR WESTERN EMPIRE. 6l in the second and third groups, fly-catchers, several species ofhumming-birds, swallows, wax-wings, shrikes, tanagers, robinsand thrushes, wrens, chickadees, grosbeaks, finches, linnets,orioles, larks and sparrows. The pigeon family have five or six representatives, includingthe California and the band-tailed pigeon, the ring, the turtle andthe ground doves. There are probably two species of pheasant.The grouse family are numerous, and include blue grouse, ruffedgrouse, the sage hen, which feeds upon the sage-brush of thealkaline lands and whose flesh though tender is very bitter; theprairie hen, at least five species of quail, two of partridges, andthree or four species of ptarmigan. There are more than sixtyspecies of waders, including cranes, herons, bitterns, ibises, flam-ingoes, plover, kill-deer, avocets, English snipe,

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Title: Two thousand miles on an automobile; being a desultory narrative of a trip through New England, New York, Canada, and the West
Year: 1902 (1900s)
Authors: Eddy, Arthur Jerome, 1859-1920
Subjects: Eddy, Arthur Jerome, 1859-1920 Automobile travel
Publisher: Philadelphia, London, J.B. Lippincott company

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s; it is as if apprentice blacksmiths hadspent their idle moments in constructing a machine. The carriage work is hopelessly bad. The build-ing of carriages is a long-established industry, em- 6 82 On an Automobile ploying hundreds of thousands of hands and millionsof capital, and yet in the entire United States thereare scarcely a dozen builders of really fine, substantial,and durable vehicles. Yet every cross-road maker ofautomobiles thinks that if he can only get his motorto go, the carpenter next door can do his woodwork.The result is cheap stock springs, clips, irons, bodies,cushions, tops, etc., are bought and put over themotor. The use of aluminum bodies and more metalwork generally is helping things somewhat; not thataluminum and metal work are necessarily better thanwood, but it prevents the unnatural union of the lightwood bodies, designed for cheap horse-vehicles, witha motor. The best French makers do not build theirbodies, but leave that part to skilled carriage builders.

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r-y CHAPTER SEVEN BUFFALO TO CANANDAIGUA The five hundred and sixtv-odd miles to Buffalo had Troubles bcgtn been covered Avith no trouble that delayed us for morethan an hour, but our troubles were about to begin. The Professor had still a few days to waste frivo-lously, so he said he would ride a little farther,possibly as far as Albany. However, it was notour intention to hurry, but rather take it easily,stopping by the way, as the mood—or our friends—seized us. It rained all the afternoon of Tuesday, about allnight, and was raining steadilv when we turned off 83 give out 84 On an Automobile Main Street into Genesee with Batavia thirty-eightmiles straight away. We fuh}- expected to reach therein time for kmcheon; in fact, word had been sentahead that we would come in, like a circus, abouttwelve, and friends were on the lookout,—it was fouroclock when we reached town. The road is good, gravel nearly every rod, but the (steady rain had softened the surface to the depth of about

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Title: Two thousand miles on an automobile; being a desultory narrative of a trip through New England, New York, Canada, and the West
Year: 1902 (1900s)
Authors: Eddy, Arthur Jerome, 1859-1920
Subjects: Eddy, Arthur Jerome, 1859-1920 Automobile travel
Publisher: Philadelphia, London, J.B. Lippincott company

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conspiracy to effect suchrevolution, also conspired to excite classes of workingmen inChicago into sedition, tumult, and riot, and to the use ofdeadly weapons and the taking of human life, and for thepurpose of producing such tumult, riot, use of weapons andtaking of life, advised and encouraged such classes by news-paper articles and speeches to murder the authorities of thecity, and a murder of a policeman resulted from such adviceand encouragement, then defendants are responsible there-for. It is the logical application of this proposition thatwill defeat the propaganda of action. If it beenacted that any man who advocates the commissionof any criminal act, or who afterwards condones thecrime, shall be deemed guilty of an offence equal tothat advocated or condoned and punished accordingly,the propaganda of action in all branches of criminalendeavor will be effectually stifled without the doubt-ful expedient of directing legislation against any par-ticular social or economic theory.

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UP THE HLL. CHAPTER SEVENTEEN NEW YORK TO BUFFALO It was Saturday, the 14th, at nine oclock, when weleft New York for Albany, followmg the route ofthe Endurance Contest. The morning was bright and warm. The roadswere perfect for miles. We passed Kings Bridge,Yonkers, Hastings, and Dobbs Ferry flying. At Tar-rytown we dropped the chain. A link had parted.Pushing the machine under the shade of a tree, ahalf-hour was spent in replacing the chain and rivet-ing in a new link. All the pins showed more or lesswear, and a new chain should have been put on inNew York, but none that would fit was to be had.292 New York to Buffalo 293 We dined at Peekskill, and had a machinist go overthe chain, riveting the heads of the pins so nonewould come out again. Nelson Hill, a mile and a half beyond Peekskill, a cUmbproved all it was said to be,—and more. In the course of the trip we had mounted hills thatwere worse, and hills that were steeper, but only inspots or for short distances; for a steady ste

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Authors: Eddy, Arthur Jerome, 1859-1920
Subjects: Eddy, Arthur Jerome, 1859-1920 Automobile travel
Publisher: Philadelphia, London, J.B. Lippincott company

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s own and use auto-mobiles ; the horses will see so many that little noticewill be taken, but the pioneers of the sport will have animenviable time. A good half-days work was required on the machine So»i/-repairsbefore starting again. The tire that had been plugged with rubber bandsweeks before in Indiana was now leaking, the aircreeping through the fabric and oozing out at severalplaces. The leak was not bad, just about enough torequire pumping every day. The extra tire that had been following along wastaken out of the express office and put on. It was atire that had been punctured and repaired at the fac-tory. It looked all right, but as it turned out the repairwas poorly made, and it would have been better toleave on the old tire, inflating it each day. A small needle-valve was worn so that it leaked;that was replaced. A stiffer spring was inserted in theintake-valve so it would not open quite so easily. Anumber of minor things were done, and every nut andbolt tried and tightened.

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THJE A.^^VaDE INN^ CHAPTER FOURTEEN LEXINGTON AND CONCORD Saturday morning-, September 7, at eleven oclock,we left the Touraine for Auburndalc, where wekmched, then to Waltham, and from there due northby what is known as Waltham Street to Lexington,striking- Massachusetts Avenue just opposite the townhall. PaidRevevf Aloug- this liistoric highway rode Paul Revere; at his heels followed the regulars of King George. Tab-lets, stones, and monuments mark every known pointof interest from East Lexington to Concord.188 Lexington and Concord 189 In Boston, at the head of Hull Street, Christ Church,the oldest church in the city, still stands, and bears atablet claiming for its steeple the credit of the signalsfor Paul Revere: but the Old North Church in NorthSquare, near which Revere lived and where he attendedservice, and from the belfry of which the lanterns werereally hung, disappeared in the conflict it initiated. Inthe winter of the siege of Boston the old meeting-house was pulled down

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West Coast Artist, Laura Ann Jacobs Debuts in Monkdogz 9th International Show Official Opening, Saturday, December 2, 2006, Chelsea New York

NEW YORK (PRWEB) November 28, 2006

“Davenatrix”, a provocative juxtaposition of the taboo subjects of sex and religion, dominance and submission, highlights the new works of West Coast artist Laura Jacobs, in “Foreplay – Art of Stimulation”, at the Monkdogz 9th International exhibition. The exhibition runs November 30 through December 23, 2006.

The official opening of the Monkdogz 9th international exhibition featuring works of artists from around the world, is Saturday, December 2, 3-6pm, at the Monkdogz gallery, 547 W. 27th Street, 5th Floor, Chelsea, New York City. For information on the exhibition telephone (212) 216-0030.

Ms. Jacobs is known for her ornate sculpture pieces, rendering everyday feminine objects – (corsets, bras) – as statements on our everyday lives and the social mores to which we are subjected — “access to excess”. Her present body of work explores the extent to which we let fashion take us, our desire to be desired. They speak to the advancement of feminism countered by society’s pursuit of physical perfection and the surreal circus-like atmosphere of freaky surgery makeovers. Jacobs’ works serves to highlight society’s obsession with the female breast, obscene as it is intoxicating. She explores this starling trend with brassieres to befit, define and hold, sometimes in ridicule.

“Davenatrix”, the centerpiece Ms. Jacobs’ exhibition at the Monkdogz exhibition was inspired by her own Jewish heritage. According to Jacobs, “Facing east, every morning my Grandfather would ceremoniously unwind black leather straps connected to a little box and wrap the straps around his left arm and then his head, where the little black box would eventually lie,” she says. “He would face the east and begin to Daven (pray). This he did every single day of his life: young and poor, middle-aged and comfortable, old and feeble.”

In providing further commentary Jacobs noted, “I would compare the constraints and demands made by a pious and practicing man’s God, to a relationship of dominance and submission. Freedom of choice is practiced in the self-imposed constraints of a belief system that requires total observance and devotion. In such submission is found a personal yet paradoxical sense of grace and empowerment,” said Jacobs from her San Francisco Studio.

Laura Jacobs has been a life-long collector of “pretty things” which still find their way into her artwork. Her foray into feminine objets d’art began with designing real bras in elaborate concoctions for special-wear. “They sold well but customers were reluctant to hide such unique garments in their closets and started hanging them on their walls.” Jacobs commented. “I decided to follow their lead, and make the art less wearable and more sculptural,” she concluded.

Other selections of Jacobs’ works on display in the Monkdogz “Foreplay” exhibition include:

-“Top Drawer Trappings of the Bon Ton” – a corset in colorful plastic, showing how the new ideal of feminine beauty replaces natural assets; modern woman is still man-made;

-“Conch-ous She sell” – a pointy brassiere made of mother of pearl giving gravity-defying flight to the shapes that lie beneath.”

This is Ms Jacobs’ first New York City showing. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she is extensively schooled in fine arts, including degrees from Alfred University, California College of Arts & Crafts, San Francisco State University, and a year at school in Florence, Italy.

She is represented on the West Coast by the Hart Gallery in Monterey and Palm Desert, California and in Las Vegas by the S2 Art group, presently exhibiting her work in their gallery in the Venetian Hotel.

Ms Jacobs’ work is in the traveling collection of Arthur S. Goldberg and private collections from Palm Beach to Boston, Silicon Valley to Baltimore. She has participated in some 50 invitational and juried shows in the US and Britain since 1985, has had seven solo exhibitions in the US and Italy, and is associated, in addition to the Hart Gallery, with galleries in Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Las Vegas and Beverly Hills.

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California – Shellie Karabell | (760)-880-5059

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The Mark Miller Gallery Celebrates Valentine’s Day with “YES DEAR” a Solo Exhibition of Sculptured Lingerie by West Coast Artist Laura Ann Jacobs

NEW YORK (PRWEB) January 28, 2007

The Mark Miller Gallery presents a fanciful body of work for the season of love and romance in Yes Dear, a solo exhibition by West Coast Artist Laura Ann Jacobs http://www.laurannjacobs.com .

Laura Jacobs is known for her bejeweled sculpted depictions of everyday feminine underwear. Her molded lingerie collection are adorned with sparkling precious stones and encrusted with beautiful inlays of every conceivable sort. Among her present body of work are shoes, brassieres, and corsets crafted with resin, mosaiced with modern-day “gemstones” such as glittery re-cycled safety glass, shattered heirlooms, seashells and antler horns.

Jacobs’ designs although romantic in nature, tend towards the tongue in cheek. “If Valentines Day has become for many an engineered and materialistic fantasy, then Laura’s artistic vision serves to explore society’s pursuit of physical perfection, and the extent to which we let fashion take us, our desire to be desired”, commented gallery owner, Mark Miller.

“YES DEAR” runs February 1 through March 31st at,

The Mark Miller Gallery

92 Orchard Street (Between Delancey and Broome), New York City

Gallery hours: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday thru Thursday

Contact Mark Miller at: (212) 253-9479

A reception will held on February 10th – 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

On exhibition will be Jacobs’ signature pieces:

Davenatrix, an erotic corset equipped with a functional zipper, obligatory whip and chain with Hebrew letters branded as a pattern. In this design the artist provokes discourse on the dominance and submission prevalent in relationships, love and even in the rituals of her own Jewish religion.

“Top Drawer Trappings of the Bon Ton” – A corset made of colorful plastic, which depicts the artist’s interpretation of feminine beauty, revealing a woman’s new and most unnatural assets, suggesting that modern woman is still man-made.

“Conch-scious She Sell” – a pointy brassiere made of mother of pearl giving gravity-defying flight to the shapes that lie beneath.

Laura Jacobs has long collected “pretty things”. Her foray into feminine objets d’art began with designing real bras in elaborate concoctions for special-wear. “They sold well but customers were reluctant to hide such unique garments in their closets and started hanging them on their walls.” Jacobs commented. “I decided to follow their lead, and made less wearable pieces and focused on making the designs more sculptural art”, she concluded.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Jacobs is schooled in fine arts, including degrees from Alfred University, California College of Arts & Crafts, San Francisco State University, and a year at school in Florence, Italy. She is represented on the West Coast by the Hart Gallery in Monterey and Palm Desert, California and in Las Vegas by the S2 Art group, presently exhibiting her work in their gallery in the Venetian Hotel.

Ms Jacobs’ work is part of the traveling collection of Arthur S. Goldberg and private collections from Palm Beach to Boston, Silicon Valley to Baltimore. She has participated in some 50 invitational and juried shows in the US and Italy since 1985, and is associated, in addition to the Hart Gallery, with galleries in Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Las Vegas and Beverly Hills.

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Any suggestions on places to go & things to do and see in Virginia & West Virginia?

Question by jst4pat: Any suggestions on places to go & things to do and see in Virginia & West Virginia?
We will visit all states east of the Mississippi in the spring of 2008. We are coming from Calif traveling in a R.V. Thanks
wc gems you truely are a gem! you went above and beyond with your help..
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There are so many things that you could do or see, but it really all depends on you interests. Below are a bunch of possible stops.

Northern Panhandle

Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum – Located in a restored Victorian-era schoolhouse, the Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum features a guided tour, interactive displays, an operating O gauge train layout, a gift shop, and a snack bar onsite.

Palace of Gold – Palace of Gold was originally created to be a home for Swami Srila Prabhupada, founder of The International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Today, it stands as a tribute to Srila Prabhupada and is visited by thousands of people yearly. The palace features breathtaking stained glass windows and beautiful grounds.

West Virginia Penitentiary – West Virginia Penitentiary is a historical site that is over 120 years old. It is an imposing stone structure fashioned in the castellated Gothic architectural style and features opportunities to learn about the riots, great escapes, and the life of a prisoner.
Oglebay Institute’s Glass Museum – Oglebay Institute’s Glass Museum is a treasure house of sparkle and glitter. Featuring over 3000 examples of Wheeling Glass made from 1829-1939, the glass museum displays cut lead crystal, Victorian art glass, and more.

Good Zoo & Benedum Planetarium – Visit the 85 species of animals nestled in 30 acres of flowers, trees, hills, and valleys. The Discovery Lab is designed to make learning about animals fun and easy for children. Visit a barn filled with friendly domestic animals such as llamas, ponies, pigs and donkeys. Watch a show in the Benedum Science Theater. Journey through the zoo on a half mile train ride and much more.

Women’s History Museum – Women’s History Museum contains artifacts, documents and genuine memorabilia from more than 20 historic women. Including Helen Keller, Eleanor Roosevelt and many more.

Mountaineer Country

Rich Mountain Battlefield – Rich Mountain Battlefield is one of the earliest engagements of the Civil War. It consists of more than 400 protected acres including the battle site at the top of Rich Mountain and a section of the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike connecting the two sites.

Pricketts Fort – Pricketts Fort serves as a living history site where interpreters recreate late-18th century lifestyle through period attire and the demonstration of a variety of colonial crafts. Throughout the Season, you may find blacksmiths, spinners, weavers and other traditional artisans at work. There are also picnic tables, and a great nature trail.

Mini-Museum of Geology & Natural History – The Museum of Geology and Natural History holds the key to preservation, and exhibition of rock, mineral, and fossil specimens from all ages of West Virginia’s geologic history. In addition to being a repository for all types of geologic specimens, the museum’s on-going collections also includes historic books, maps, manuscripts, and artifacts.

Tomchin Planetarium & Observatory – Tomchin Planetarium & Observatory offers exciting and interesting planetarium shows and sky-watching. Learn about the moon and stars in a fun way.

Eastern Panhandle

Ridgefield Farm And Orchard – Ridgefield Farm And Orchard has beautiful landscape with fields abound with apples, pumpkins, and Christmas trees. Experience the harvests and capture the mood of the seasons. Discover the satisfaction of picking your own apples and pumpkins in the natural beauty of our farm setting. Share the fun of cutting your own Christmas tree with your family and friends.

Mountain Laurel Gallery – Mountain Laurel Gallery has a fine collection that includes: unique pottery, watercolors paintings, photographs, blown and stained glass, jewelry, silks, weaving, knitting, beautiful chandeliers and more. All of the pieces are hand crafted, many are one-of-a-kind.
Seneca Caverns – Seneca Caverns were discovered in 1760, and commercial tours began in 1930. Spectacular natural formations and huge chambers provide magnificent views for visitors and delight to photographers. Because of its astounding beauty, the caverns have earned the nickname ‘West Virginia’s Underground Wonderland.’

Belle Boyd House – Belle Boyd House, famous for Civil War spy Belle Boyd spent part of her childhood in this house. The house has been preserved as a museum to honor this unique woman. Sections of the house include the Belle Boyd Martinsburg Room, the Lincoln Room and the Ben Boyd Store, which offers local history books, pictures, maps and Civil War memorabilia.

Mid-Ohio Valley

Fenton Art Glass Company – See for yourself how Fenton craftspeople transform the fiery glass into works of art during our free tour. Trained Fenton tour guides will lead you on a journey through America’s largest handmade glass company. To complete your Fenton experience, visit the Fenton Museum. Established in 1977, it is dedicated to preserving the unique heritage of glassmaking in the Ohio Valley.

Jackson’s Mill Historic Area – Jackson’s Mill Historic Area is located at the site of Gen. Thomas J. ‘Stonewall’ Jackson. The building serves as a museum housing agricultural, milling and homestead artifacts of the 18th century.

Oil & Gas Museum – Oil & Gas Museum offers exhibits that allow visitors to explore into the past of the oil and gas history in West Virginia

Mountain Lakes

Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad – Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad is one of America’s most beautiful train rides. View historic farms and lush mountain greenery. Around every curve you are rewarded with the splendor of native wildflowers, evergreens and mixed hardwoods, in an unspoiled countryside environment. Eagle sightings occur on over 90% of all excursions.

Hinkles Drying Art Glassworks – Discover history and be entertained at the same time. Family oriented fun. Hand crafted glass comes to life through the use of a variety of tools in the hands

Potomac Highlands

Greenbrier River Trail – Greenbrier River Trail is a 75 mile long former railroad, now used for hiking, bicycling, backpacking, bicycling, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. The trail passes through numerous small towns and 35 bridges and 2 tunnels as it winds through the valleys, also the trail is directly adjacent to the lovely Greenbrier River and is surrounded by peaks of the Allegheny Mountains.

Smoke Hole Caverns – Smoke Hole Caverns has an impressive system of walkways that ensures an accessible view of the many wonders. There is the genuine Crystal Cave Coral Pool, found in only one other cavern in the world, and filled with golden and rainbow trout! The Sparkling Room of Million Stalactites, with the second highest ceiling of any cavern in the United States and so much more!
Augusta Heritage Center – Augusta Heritage Center offers classes and exhibits of making traditional music, crafts, dancing, folklore and more. Experience the chance to learn, share and enjoy this interesting and valuable heritage.

The Bottling Works Museum – The Coca-Cola Bottling Company built this plant in 1939. Production ceased during the late sixties and the plant became a distribution center, operating as such until 1990. In 1992, restoration began and the plant is now a growing soft-drink exhibit and headquarters that houses an unbelievable display of Coca-Cola collectibles. 426 East Main, Romney. (304) 822-4783.

Metro Valley

Huntington Museum of Art – The Huntington Museum of Art offers displays such as the beauty of glass, the wisdom and whimsy of Appalachian folk art, sculptures, the detailed work of American furniture, the serenity of 19th and 20th century American and European paintings; and the intricacy of Islamic prayer rugs.

Heritage Farm Museum – Heritage farm museum allows you to step back in time at this farm museum and village which recreates and preserves our Appalachian heritage. It features the farm museum, petting zoo, animal barn, displays and more.

The Mountain State Mystery Train – Mountain State Mystery Train offers spectacular routes and destinations to see. Experience some of the most interesting cultural attractions and destinations, They are designed to provide a truly rewarding, memorable and enriching vacation experience.
Camden Park – Nestled between the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Camden Park’s twenty six acres are home to 25 amusement rides, including a kiddieland, log ride and three coasters. Camden Park offers games, food stands, a cafeteria, gift shop, miniature golf course, stern wheeler riverboat, extensive picnic facilities and authentic Native American burial mound.

Blenko Glass Company – Blenko Glass Company, offers a interesting way to gain understanding of the making of hand blown glassware. Be entranced with the first floor’s factory outlet area and its many examples of the craftsman’s art. On the second floor you will see the Designer’s corner, where nine leading American stained glass studios on display, a beautiful exhibit of their artistry as practiced today

New River/Greenbrier Valley

Tamarack – Tamarack features some of the best handmade crafts in the state. Guests have the unique opportunity to watch West Virginia Artists at work. Artists master their crafts in one of Tamarack’s five demonstration studios daily as well as get answers to questions from the artists themselves. Also there are live entertaining musicians and actors you can enjoy.

Equestrian Adventures – Equestrian Adventures, offer access to over 6000 acres of trail on horseback riding fun along the New River Gorge National Park.

Organ Cave – Organ Cave is one of the longest caves in the United States with over 40 miles of mapped passageways. The exploration of the cave is far from complete as teams of experienced explorers continue their work.
Sunshine Farm and Gardens – Sunshine Farm and Gardens, In the past 27 years they’ve managed to amass a diverse collection of well over 10,000 different, hardy to zone 5 perennials, bulbs, trees and shrubs from every corner of the Earth on a 60-acre mountain top.

Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine – Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine is 1500 feet of underground passages that have been restored from the mine operated by the Phillips Family in the late 1800’s. Get an authentic view of low seam coal mining from its earliest manual stages to modern mechanized operation.

National Parks

Appalachian National Scenic Trail – The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is a 2,167-mile (3,488 km) footpath along the ridge crests and across the major valleys of the Appalachian Mountains from Katahdin in Maine to Springer Mountain in north Georgia. The trail traverses Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia.

Bluestone National Scenic River – This scenic river preserves relatively unspoiled land in southern West Virginia and contains natural and historic features of the Appalachian plateau. In its 11 miles, the lower Bluestone River offers excellent warm water fishing, hiking, boating, and scenery.

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park – The C&O Canal follows the route of the Potomac River for 184.5 miles from Washington, D.C. to Cumberland, MD. The canal operated from 1828-1924 as a transportation route, primarily hauling coal from western Maryland to the port of Georgetown in Washington, D.C. Hundreds of original structures, including locks, lockhouses, and aqueducts, serve as reminders of the canal’s role as a transportation system during the Canal Era. In addition, the canal’s towpath provides a nearly level, continuous trail through the spectacular scenery of the Potomac River Valley.

Gauley River National Recreation Area – The 25 miles of free-flowing Gauley River and the six miles of the Meadow River pass through scenic gorges and valleys containing a wide variety of natural and cultural features. The Gauley River contains several class V+ rapids, making it one of the most adventurous white water boating rivers in the east.

Harpers Ferry National Historic Park – Throughout its history, Harpers Ferry has been the backdrop for remarkable and unparalleled events. Here, in one setting, several themes in the American story converge: Native Americans, industry and transportation, African-Americans, John Brown, the Civil War, and the natural environment. Harpers Ferry became part of the National Park System in 1944. The park covers over 2,300 acres in the states of West Virginia, Maryland, and Virginia.

New River Gorge National River – A rugged, white water river, flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. Located in southern West Virginia, New River Gorge National River was established in 1978 to conserve and protect 53 miles of the New River as a free-flowing waterway.

The New River is the 2nd oldest river in the world (the Nile being the oldest).

On Rt 19 is the NEW RIVER GORGE BRIDGE (the one on the Quarters) and it USED to be the WORLDS longest steel arch bridge…. now its the 2nd because Taiwan buillt a longer one.

Also there are MANY festivals throughout the year. Just check the WV Tourism site next year for the dates.

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Best Western International Announces Plans For 13 Hotels in West Africa; Adds New Hotels in Nigeria and Ghana


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Best Western International has announced the addition of three new hotels to the brands West African portfolio and with eight properties open, and five additional hotels in the pipeline, the Worlds Biggest Hotel Family