The “Transportation in West Virginia” exhibit, which opened Sept. 5 at the Culture Center in Charleston, W.Va., features highlights of the construction of 38,770 miles of public roads through the state's hilly terrain. (Photo Credit: Craig Hudson, Gazette-Mail)
An exhibit celebrating the history of West Virginia's infrastructure now open for viewing. The “Transportation in West Virginia” exhibit, which opened Sept. 5 at the Culture Center in Charleston, W. Va., features highlights of the construction of 38,770 miles of public roads through the state's hilly terrain, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported.
The exhibit includes:historical construction equipment20th-century car accessoriesa wooden replica of the New River Gorge Bridgean 1870s-era brick that was part of the first paved brick street in the countrya variety of historical photos of road building, road use, bridges, and morevideos about the New River Gorge Bridge and West Virginia Turnpike construction, as well as the collapse of Silver Bridge in 1967information covering West Virginia's first major road construction projects from when the state was still part of Virginia, and much more, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported.
“It covers West Virginia road building and bridge construction from the James River and Kanawha Turnpike until today,” said Charles Morris, operations manager for the West Virginia State Museum. “Everything here is from the State Museum collection or from the State Archives. Even the New River Gorge Bridge segment was built by technicians from the State Museum or Culture and History staff.”
According to Morris, the exhibit helps to commemorate both the 40th anniversary of the New River Gorge Bridge opening and the 50th anniversary of the fatal collapse of the Silver Bridge at Point Pleasant, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported.
The exhibit will be open to the public until mid-December.