Monday, October 27, 2008

My World #2 : Fort Boreman Hill


A couple of weeks ago before My World began I had posted some photos from atop Fort Boreman here in Parkersburg, West Virginia. (here) Most of those dealt with the Ohio River. Today I'm going to revisit the site and tell something about the site itself. Fort Boreman is the site of a Civil War fort on a hilltop overlooking the scenic valley formed by the confluence of the Little Kanawha and Ohio rivers at Parkersburg. Built by Union troops to protect the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad terminal and the key commercial river facilities in the valley, Fort Boreman was named for West Virginia’s first governor, Parkersburg citizen Arthur I. Boreman. The Fort Boreman site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.
Looking Down The River
This is looking upriver and over historic downtown Parkersburg. The Ohio River is to the left in the photo and the river under the highway is the Little Kanawha. Looking across this river to the hill on the other side you can see a cell tower. This hill is known locally as Quincy Hill and was thought to also be used as fortification of the rivers; but no evidence of that has ever been found. I will make mention again here for readers who didn't see my previous post that if you look closely you can see the floodwall that surrounds the city to protect it from the flooding river. There is a more closeup photo in my previous post if you have time to visit it.
In my earlier post I was able to catch a sternwheeler on the river and just as I was leaving the other day I waited to get this photo of a barge carrying coal down the river.
From high atop the hill I could look down and zoom in on the local television station and it's array of satellites.
As I hiked around the hill I found an opening to view the Little Kanawha River as it flows toward the mighty Ohio.
Hope you have enjoyed your visit to my little corner of the world today.
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37 comments:

Luiz Ramos said...

Beautiful view and subject. Great your World

ewok1993 said...

I love the bridge photos. You have one historic world. You must get a lot of history buffs nosing around your town.

See you next week.

kjpweb said...

Most excellent, Carletta!
Love seeing places, I usually don't get to see.
Hence I came up with MyWorld! ;)
Cheers, Klaus

P.S.: By the way - you can delete your own Mr. Linky link by clicking on the Smiley next to it. Then you just re-post the corrected one.
(I fixed yours for now!)

babooshka said...

As always such a comprehensive post, beautiful imgaes and greta info.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I did enjoy my visit, Carletta. Thanks!

Louise said...

Both rivers appear so clean--at least they are blue! Beautiful views you have shown!

Twisted Fencepost said...

Beautiful views of parts of my home state I've never seen.
Thank you for sharing!

Mary said...

What beautiful views from the fort! I wasn't too far from you this summer when we visited Huntington briefly. I live on the other end of the Ohio, so we are linked by water :-) Love visiting your world!

Gmj said...

yep, I love your town, WATER! Waterways, and oh my gosh a boat pushing a barge a tug boat pushing a barge.. we should be on that boat taking pictures and doing interviews with the crew. :)

piedmontperspective said...

Fantastic shots and very interesting history, Carletta! I like all of them but I love the one looking upriver to the town. I'm going to have to take a drive up to that area sometime soon... (This is my third try with this comment. I think Blogger hates me.)

Rose said...

Excellent post, Carletta!

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Very interesting post with great piccies

Bobbie in Hawaii said...

Interesting narrative and very nice photos, Carletta. I particularly like that last one -- just something about it...

Arija said...

Love the two great bridges and all that beautiful water. A very beautiful and fertile part of the world.

Lawstude said...

Thank you for the wonderful tour. This 2nd week of meme really makes us appreciate the many places that we don't usually see or ever had a chance to visit like the one you showed me in this post. Hope you get to have time to check my world too. Another great job and more to come in the coming weeks.

Gattina said...

Thanks for the sightseeing tour ! Very intersting for me living in Belgium !

gen/entry here said...

Your world is beautiful and nice hope one we can visit there...Thanks for sharing..

Neal said...

I just love the shot with the split rail fence. I like all of them but that one really stands out, especially when enlarged. When I see a barge it always brings back good memories because I love to sit on the Ohio River and watch them go up and down the river.

imac said...

Your part of My World is beautiful.

napaboaniya said...

I hope that canon is pointing at me!! :P

Gramma L said...

Beautiful pictures. Your area is a stunning place to visit and live.
There is certainly a lot of history in this part of the world.

Dr.John said...

As usual the pictures were great and I really enjoyed the tour.

mirage2g said...

The River looks so beautiful and clean!

I enjoy seeing parts of the world through this meme...thanks for sharing!

Gmj said...

Link ;is now working thanks

Dianne said...

beautful views of the river!

Daniel J Santos said...

great world.

Ralph said...

I have never been along the Ohio from Wheeling to Cincinnati, yet Parkersburg has a familiar feel to me, and it is a nice looking downtown.

When I was in Newport, Ky a couple of years ago, I noted large barges heading downstream. I read once that one of the biggest ports in the US in overall tonnage is Huntington - I would guess coal being shipped out.

The flood wall has a familiar look - we have one just outside of downtown Ansonia, built after the devastating floods of 1955. River town that are surrounded by sharp hills look almost the same everywhere...

Mojo said...

Those first two shots could have been taken in any number of places in the western half of NC too. Very striking similarities to the battlefield at Guilford Courthouse for one.

Jientje said...

I love the pictures of the river, especially the one with the two bridges!

Reader Wil said...

This is a completely new place for me and I learn every time I visit all bloggers.

Wren said...

West Virginia's a beautiful state, and your part is especially lovely - thank you for sharing your world with us.

Rambling Woods said...

I enjoyed this post. I honestly don't have anything that I think I could use for My World..I will have to get out and get some. Thanks for your comments about Benji..he is a sweetie...Michelle

George Townboy said...

My day is much more enjoyable when I get to see one of your exquisite posts .. and this one is more than exquisite. Beautiful photos of a beautiful world. Thank you!

Raven said...

What a lovely spot with such a mix of views and vistas. Enjoyed your Ruby Tuesday barn down below too.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Great post! Thanks so much for sharing this. :-)

Janice Thomson said...

Excellent photos and commentary Carletta about your world.

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