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Introduced Version House Concurrent Resolution 57 History

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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 57

(By Delegate Rowan)

 

 

 

Requesting the Division of Highways to name that portion of U. S. Route 50 in Hampshire County from its intersection with School Street in Romney, West Virginia, west to its intersection with Fox’s Hollow Road, a distance of 3.7 miles more or less, as the “Pearsall Land Grant Trace”.

    Whereas, U. S. Route 50 in Hampshire County from its intersection with School Street in Romney, West Virginia, west to its intersection with Fox’s Hollow Road, a distance of 3.7 miles more or less, bisects the original Fairfax grant given to Job Pearsall as documented by the 1751 map by Jefferson and Frye; and

    Whereas, The colonial history of the region is represented by the building of a fort by Job and John Pearsall in the location of the Pearsall Land Grant later known as Pearsall’s Flats; and

    Whereas, The largest Hopewell Indian Mound east of the Ohio River and dating from 1000 A.D. is situated in Indian Mound Cemetery overlooking this stretch of Land Grant Historic District; and

    Whereas, The home known as Mechanicsburg, which has stood since the Antebellum Period at the intersection of Fox’s Hollow Road and U. S. Route 50, witnessed some of the earliest fighting in the American Civil War; and

    Whereas, The South Branch River Road that was used as a vital link for traffic in the South Branch of the Potomac River Valley intersects with U. S. Route 50 a short distance from Romney and was the venue for the murder of Confederate Captain George W. Stump; and

    Whereas, Sycamore Dale, the substantial brick home of David Gibson which narrowly escaped being burned during the American Civil War by Colonel Lew Wallace and his Force of 11th Indiana Zouave Infantry and was the location for the surrender of Confederate Partisans McNeill’s Rangers, stands as a silent witness to the comings and goings of the Northwestern Turnpike and its successor U. S. Route 50; and

    Whereas, The Romney Covered Bridge and its successors near Sycamore Dale and Romney have carried U. S. Route 50 over the South Branch of the Potomac River since the building of the Northwestern Turnpike; and

    Whereas, The original bridge was documented in period Civil War lithographs and later burned by retreating Confederates during the Civil War; and

    Whereas, The Union Army atop Mill Ridge and known as Fort Mill Ridge was built to guard the western approaches to Romney and to command traffic in the South Branch of the Potomac River Valley; and

    Whereas, The Hampshire Southern Railroad laid its tracks crossing U. S. Route 50 a short distance west to herald the arrival of commuter and freight service in the South Branch of the Potomac River Valley at Vanderlip in 1909; and

    Whereas, The City of Romney will be celebrating its 250th Anniversary in 2012 and a special committee made up of hardworking, dedicated citizens from throughout Hampshire County has done much planning and work to ensure that the determination and sacrifices of our ancestors and our heritage are properly preserved and honored; and

    Whereas, It is fitting to designate that section of U. S. Route 50 in Hampshire County from its intersection with School Street in Romney, West Virginia, west to its intersection with Fox’s Hollow Road, some 3.7 miles west of Romney more or less, as the “Pearsall Land Grant Trace” in recognition of the long and varied history of the area; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Legislature hereby requests the Division of Highways name that portion of U. S. Route 50 in Hampshire County from its intersection with School Street in Romney, West Virginia, west to its intersection with Fox’s Hollow Road, a distance of 3.7 miles more or less, as the “Pearsall Land Grant Trace”; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to have made and be placed signs identifying that portion of U. S. Route 50 in Hampshire County from its intersection with School Street in Romney, West Virginia, west to its intersection with Fox’s Hollow Road, a distance of 3.7 miles more or less, as the “Pearsall Land Grant Trace”; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a certified copy of this resolution to the Secretary of the Department of Transportation and to the members of the Romney 250th Anniversary Committee.

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