WV County Quizzes

Bonus Question and Answers

(N) = Nearby

Maryland – North Branch / Potomac River

“Bonus:  What WV counties, if any, border MD but are NOT along either stream [North Branch and Potomac Rivers]?   What city or town is the county seat for each one?”

Preston – Kingwood

Northern Panhandle

“The Northern Panhandle lies between OH and PA and is highly industrialized.  (Bonus:  Why?)”

Some reasons:  Early Railroad (B&O) and Road (National Road/US Rt. 40) connections to the east and eventually to the west, the Ohio River for transportation and connection to the industrial hub of Pittsburgh, readily available natural resources (including water, coal, salt, gas, oil), and a productive workforce.

“Far Eastern” Panhandle

“…two of the counties [of the Far Eastern Panhandle] are becoming more urbanized, while the third retains much of its rural character.  (Bonus:  Why?)

Geographically, Morgan County is further west, and separated from the rest of the Far Eastern Panhandle by hills and ridges with few connecting roads.

“Near Eastern” Panhandle

“The Near Eastern Panhandle is an area of WV that is mostly agricultural. (Bonus: Why?)”

Geographic isolation has contributed, as well as the topography and the preferences of local residents.  (Change will likely occur with the completion of Appalachian Corridor H – US Rt. 48 – to the VA state line and eventually to Interstates 81 and 66.)

US Rt. 19 / 119

“Bonus:  Where in WV do US Rt. 19 and US Rt. 119 meet and/or cross?  (Hint: There are two places.)

Morgantown and Weston

US Rt. 250

“Bonus:  Many important historical places are located along US Rt. 250.  Name some of them.”

Staunton and Parkersburg Turnpike

Fort Allegheny

Camp Bartow

Cheat Summit Fort

National Radio Astronomy Observatory (N)

Cass Scenic Railroad (N)

Camp Elkwater

Tygart Valley Homesteads

Beverly Historic District / Heritage Center


Graceland & Halliehurst

Davis and Elkins College

Rich Mountain Battlefield (N)

Laurel Hill Battlefield

Audra State Park  (N)

Philippi Battlefield

Philippi Covered Bridge & Historic District

Alderson-Broaddus University

Anna Jarvis Birthplace

Tygart Lake and Dam (N)

Tygart Lake State Park (N)

Mothers Day Shrine (N)

Grafton Rail Yards (N)

West Virginia and Grafton National Cemeteries  (N)

Fairmont State University

Barrackville Covered Bridge

Original Route of the B&O Railroad

Monongah (N)



Fish Creek Covered Bridge

Roseby’s (Rosbby’s) Rock (N)

New Vrindabin – Palace of Gold

Grave Creek Mound & Delf Norona Museum

Former WV Penitentary

WV Independence Hall

Wheeling Suspension Bridge

WV Rt. 20

“Bonus!!  WV Rt. 20 passes many interesting places.  Name some of them.”

WV CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) Museum

Pringle Tree Park

WV Wesleyan College

Carrollton Covered Bridge

WV Wildlife Center

Holly River State Park

Camp Washington Carver / Clifftop (N)

Babcock State Park (N)

New River Gorge National River

Sandstone Visitor Center

Sandstone Falls

John Henry Park (N)

Bluestone Lake and Dam

Bluestone National Scenic River

Pipestem State Park

Concord University

Bluefield State College (N)

Pinnacle Rock State Park

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