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Remarkable stone face attracting curious in New River Gorge

An enigmatic stone face carved into mossy sandstone along the rim of the New River Gorge is attracting increased attention.
An enigmatic stone face carved into mossy sandstone along the rim of the New River Gorge in southern West Virginia is attracting increased attention...

Recent bigfoot sightings at Sutton Lake have historic precedent

Bigfoot allegedly caught on hunter's cam in Fayette County, West Virginia. Source undetermined.
Sightings of a bigfoot alleged recently at Sutton Lake in central West Virginia may have a historic precedent. Some say that old news clippings...

Geologic mystery in Monroe County visible only from the air

David Sibray peers into a cave system in southern West Virginia.
Unknown to many residents of the Greenbrier Valley in southern West Virginia, a six-mile crack in the surface of the earth has been hiding...

Ghost town hidden in W.Va. may soon be accessible to hikers

A wagon road climbs the mountain behind the Dunglen Hotel, deep in the New River Gorge.
A little-known, practically inaccessible ghost town in the mountains of southern West Virginia may soon be open to those willing to hike there —...

Devil's Backbone continues to intrigue Pocahontas County visitors

Devils Backbone near Huntersville, West Virginia
Early settlers in Pocahontas County called it "The Devil's Backbone" as most believed such an unnatural thing could only be the work of evil....

Horrific origin of the W.Va. city name "Wheeling" explained

The origin of the name "Wheeling" is more terrifying than any association it might otherwise be expected to have with "wheels."
To the average motorist hurtling through the City of Wheeling on Interstate 70, nothing about the place might seem particularly nefarious. However, the story...

How Pruntytown reformatory became a bogeyman in W.Va.

A farmhouse at Pruntytown was once part of the infamous boys' reformatory complex.
PRUNTYTOWN, W.Va.—If you were an unruly boy growing up in West Virginia before the 1980s, there's a chance your misbehaviors were met with the...

Tale of "Frosty the Snowman" is rooted in West Virginia

Frosty the Snowman leads a group of children in the 1969 animated Christmas television special b Rankin/Bass Productions.
KEYSER, W.Va. — Relatively few West Virginians may know that the tale of "Frosty the Snowman" came to life in the Mountain State. While...

Old legend of Strange Creek might never be confirmed

STRANGE CREEK, W.Va. — Too much time may have passed to confirm anything of the indomitable legend of Strange Creek, long among the most...

Legend of ancient warpath along the W.Va. Turnpike is fact

The West Virginia Turnpike follows part of an ancient warpath through the West Virginia hills.
Older folks who live in the valley of Paint Creek may recall legends about how the stream was named: an ancient warpath followed it...

Prehistoric mystery underlies "Egypt" in southern W.Va.

Settlers along Dunloup Creek in southern West Virginia discovered what the described a stone fort, the origins of which remain a mystery.
Settlers along Dunloup Creek in what's now southern West Virginia called the valley they farmed "Egypt" due to its remarkable fertility. But they discovered...

Did the first U.S. serial killer live in a quiet corner...

Harry Powers, of Clarksburg, West Virginia, appears calm in this police photo.
On the morning of March 18, 1932, Harry Powers plummeted through the gallows at the West Virginia Penitentiary and dangled for 11 minutes before...

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