Today we’re headed for the Appalachians to wild and wonderful West Virginia. West Virginia has some of the most beautiful and breathtaking views you’ll see in the country – especially those from atop Coopers Rock which is just east of Morgantown.
And Morgantown, as you may know, is the home of West Virginia University Mountaineers College Football. It’s Also the hometown of former actor/comedian Don Knotts best known for his roles as Deputy Barney Fife in the 1960’s Andy Griffiths Show and Landlord Ralph Furley in the 1980’s sitcom Three’s Company.
Morgantown has some great monuments too – like one which pays homage to John F. Kennedy. And speaking of the Kennedy’s, Morgantown was once a renowned Glass manufacturer under the name of The Morgantown Glassware Guild or Morgantown Glass Factory which has the district honor of being chosen by Jacqueline Kennedy to produce the formal stemware for the Whitehouse – which is still being used to this day.
But with all that aside, we want to take you to a little-known town just a short distance northwest of Morgantown and the Monongahela River to the town of Osage, WV. Osage and the Scott’s Run Coal Mines made a name for themselves in the coal industry which boomed here in the early 1900s but over time modern mechanization and a shift to using diesel in many industries that once relied on coal for fuel as well as the arrival of Highway I-79 to the Scott’s Run area prompted the closure of the mines in the second half of the twentieth century.
However, the community of Osage remains to this day, a friendly, humble, and closely knit neighborhood that has held on strong to its history and heritage. Osage sets the example of what a community should be. Good People.
And today, we get to share with you a little bit of that history and heritage and celebrate a new book that preserves the stories of Scott’s Run – right here on this episode of History and Relics.
Scott’s Run Museum & Trail
465 Scotts Run Road, Morgantown, WV 26501
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