Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 2, 1974 · Page 49
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June 2, 1974

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 49

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25C -*TM" 2 ' [ 9T te-Mail Charleston, yv es » Virginia ---- ftHuntington Missouri Branch Charlesto .·;-· CABWAYLINGO ··-·. STATE FOREST Tour Route Interstate Highway Numbers U.S. Highway Numbers --, TO] State Highway Numbers * 12 * Approximate Mileages . . .-.-·- 4 - « 0UF Black Diamond Area Fabled Land Here's a 367-mile drive through some of the world's richest coal country, to scenic hills that once rang with the shots of a famous feud. Begin anywhere, or from. . . HUNTINGTON. Take U.S. 52 at the junction with Interstate 64 south through Wayne and along winding Twlevepole Creek -- so named because it once measured "12 poles across." MISSOURI BRANCH is the gateway to Cabwaylingo State Forest. See the fine view from the observation tower on Tick Ridge and enjoy the Sleepy Hollow Trail. Continue on U.S. 52 into the vast coal fields known as Tug Valley, producing about 13 million tons annually, to. . . WILLIAMSON, on the Tug Fork of the Big Sandy River. At Courthouse Square see the sturdy Chamber of Commerce Building, constructed entirely of 65 tons of bituminous coal. Continue on U.S. 52 to. . . IAEGER. Ten miles west of town lies Panther State Forest. Drive east on U.S. 52. WELCH, in the heart of a mineral-rich area, is said to have four acres of coal for every acre of surface. The famous coal known as "Black Diamond" comes from here. On U.S. 52 d r i v e t h r o u g h Premier Cut at M a y h e m Mountain, one of the world's deepest highway cuts. See large areas covered with stands of second growth timber. If time is short, turn north on Rt. 16. To continue this tour, however, take Rt. 102 to Anawalt, then south just over the Virginia border to... POCAHONTAS. The Exhibition Mine is a dramatic showplace of the coal industry. Turn northeast and return to U.S. 52, passing Pinnacle Rock State Park, which affords fine mountain views from an elevation of 2,700 feet. BLUEFIELD is noted for its mild summer climate. Free lemonade is served any day the thermometer tops 90. From the summit of East River Mountain on the state border, you look out over Jeffer- son N a t i o n a l Forest in Virginia. Turn north on U.S. 19. At Princeton you can take the time-saving West Virginia Turnpike toward home. Otherwise follow U.S. 19 north past Camp Creek State Forest with its picnicking, camping and fishing, to. . . BECKLEY, in the heart of the great smokeless coal region. The deepest mine in the state, about 600 feet, is nearby. Visit the Exhibition Mine in New River City Park; you can tour underground aboard an electrically propelled mine car. Take time to explore two outlying attractions; Bluestone C a n y o n , a 14-mile stretch of beautiful river canyon country, and Grandview State Park, with sweeping views of the New River Canyon and Horseshoe Bend and summer performances of the historical musical dramas, "Hatfields and McCoys" and "Honey in The Rock." Go northwest via Rt. 3 through Whitesville, one of a number of places where coal is now used to make jewelry. Continue on to. . . RACINE. This is where John Peter Salley and his companions discovered coal near the Coal River in 1742. Turn north on U.S. 119 past Kanawha State Forest, 6,600 acres of outdoor recreation in the backyard of the State Capitol. CHARLESTON. If this was your starting point, you're now home. O t h e r w i s e , t a k e time to show your youngsters the wonderful Children's Museum miniature zoo. and the modern planetarium at con-, verted 36-room Sunrise. Then connect to Interstate 64 whi'ch leads west to. . . MILTON. The ancient art of. g l a s s m a k i n g is on display here at the Blenko Handcraft Glass Center. Then follow Interstate 64 home to. . . HUNTINGTON. GOT THE TRAVEL BUG? Travel Rarna Travel Agency, Inc. 609 Virginia Street East Charleston, West Virginia . Phone 344-3433 AMCMICAM CXftlCSB Tots Love Own Tent Camping is a family affair and some of the most enthusiastic campers around are junior-size. In fact they've taken to camping so wholeheartedly many youngsters have their own tent set up beside their parents'. If you've ever wished you could stretch the size of your pick-up camper, camp trailer or tent trailer, you might follow suit. Unlike adding more space to a house, an "extra room" is easy to come by at the campsite. A lightweight, compact, easily stowed tent for two is the answer and the perfect camping accessory to your present camping facility. If any of your campers are on the sunny side of their teens they'll want to claim this spare room as their domain. The ideal tent for your "extra room" is a Pop-Tent which pops into shape. A ten- year-old can set up the tent and strike it by himself. This small tent is seven feet in diameter and can be set up in less than two minutes. It can even, be moved after it is up. Youngsters like to be by themselves once in a while, and a tent of their own adds to their enjoyment of camping. Actually there are so many refinements to camping nowadays with well-equipped trailers and campers, youngsters often feel short-changed in the getting-close-to-nature department. Now they can have the best of two worlds. They'll be snug and safe only a few yards away from your camper or trailer, yet they'll have the feeling they are camping out alone. West Virginia streams like Wolf Creek are powerful magnets. Outdoors Booming Attraction The fact is that just about everybody among the millions who comprise the expanding population of this great country is basically an Outdoor Recreation Enthusiast. Every time the family plans a backyard cookout, it's the lure of the outdoors that inspires Dad to be the chef. Every time the family heads out for a vacation, it's Mom who packs the goodies for the picnic meals along the way. In a recent survey by the U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Outdoor Recreation, the following activities were among the most popular in luring folks outdoors; driving for pleasure ( t o u r i n g ) , walking, bicycling, sightseeing, picnicking, fishing, boating, nature walks, camping, water skiing, horseback riding, and bird watching. Most of the above are summer and early fall activities. However, hunting, which is. one of the major fall activities, now rates near the top in popularity, also. Generally speaking, most outdoor activities take place near home on weekends, on overnight trips, short outings, vacations, and whenever folks can find time. Years ago, summer was the heaviest outdoor recreation use period and trips were short. But now, with fine modern, personalized transportation available, today's nim- r o d d e r s h e a d a f i e l d v i a wheels, or wings, or over water, into all parts of the boondocks, throughout the entire year. 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