Advantage Valley and the State Capitol
The western bookend of the Midland Trail is the Ohio River which creates the western border of WV near Kenova and Huntington. Continuing eastward through our fastest growing areas and Charleston, our capital city, this 80+ mile section of the Trail is becoming known as Advantage Valley. Along the way, Route 60 passes through the Great Kanawha River Valley, where the nation’s industrial past and present are celebrated in coal tipples, old salt works, chemical plants, locks and dams, mines and company towns, electrical power plants, roads, bridges and the passage to the Ohio River.
Montgomery & Smithers CMP
For his service in the Virginia Militia, Major Henry Montgomery received land grants on the Kanawha River where he operated a ferry port. Montgomery's Landing attracted river traffic that moved as far west as Cincinnati and New Orleans.West Virginia University Institute of Technology
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Quincy Center, situated in historic Eastern Kanawha County, occupies an area that was once a country road and is the oldest tract of continually farmed land along the Midland Trail,
Cows and horses grazing in the bright green pastures were a common sight for yesteryear's travelers. Now, U.S. Route 60 is a major highway link and the region is a hub of commercial activity. Whether you a...
Pioneer History CMP
Belle, originally named Reynolds after local store owner Robert Reynolds, was renamed Belle, after Mr. Reynolds' daughter, when the post office informed them another town named Reynolds already existed in WV. Descendants of the Reynolds family still operate the Old Stone House (1810) in Belle, the historical home of salt-maker Samuel Shrewsbury, and the oldest house of its typ...