West Virginia Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff

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Your round-trip ticket to the wildest, wackiest, most outrageous people, places, and things the Mountain State has to offer!

Whether you’re a native West Virginian, a recent transplant, or just passing through, West Virginia Curiosities will have you laughing out loud as Rick Steelhammer takes you on a rollicking tour of the strangest sides of the Mountain State.

Enter the Mystery Hole to witness gravity-defying feats, such as balls rolling up...

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Overview


Your round-trip ticket to the wildest, wackiest, most outrageous people, places, and things the Mountain State has to offer!

Whether you’re a native West Virginian, a recent transplant, or just passing through, West Virginia Curiosities will have you laughing out loud as Rick Steelhammer takes you on a rollicking tour of the strangest sides of the Mountain State.

Enter the Mystery Hole to witness gravity-defying feats, such as balls rolling up ramps, people sitting in chairs that cling unsupported to a wall, and fellow visitors walking at a forty-five-degree slant.

Learn how a roadside breakdown led Elkhorn Creek to be a haven for trophy trout—but think twice before eating your catch.

Meet Jesco White, the mountain-dancing cult figure who’s gone from performing on a doghouse roof to dancing onstage with Hank Williams III.

 

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In her newspaper column, "Lost in West Virginia," Connie Dale writes about little-known sites throughout the Mountain State. Her West Virginia Curiosities collects and supplements those articles to create a treasure trove of information about an all-too-often-neglected state.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762743810
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/19/2010
  • Series: Curiosities Series
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 940,904
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Steelhammer is a staff writer for the Charleston Gazette. He writes a weekly column for the paper, "Out There" that takes him to every part of West Virginia exploring the curious and not-so-curious aspects of the state.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Introduction vii

Chapter 1 Southern Coalfields 1

Chapter 2 Metro Valley 51

Chapter 3 Greenbrier Valley 97

Chapter 4 Northern Hills and Northern Panhandle 113

Chapter 5 Potomac Highlands and Eastern Panhandle 161

Index 210

About the Author 214

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