New book explores historical markers of West Virginia
Governor Jim Justice, left, Transportation Secretary Byrd White, and Randall Reid-Smith, the curator of the State Department of Arts, Culture and History, during a presentation on the new book. (Governor Jim Justice / Flickr)
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A new book is detailing West Virginia historical markers and state history.
“Signs of the Times: Highway Historical Marker Program” is an update of the historical markers book first published in 2002.
The Highway Historical Marker program began in 1934, in which West Virginia’s first marker was installed in 1937.
“It was at the Old Capitol in Charleston on Capitol Street,” Randall Reid-Smith, the curator of the State Department of Arts, Culture and History, said in a recent presentation.
Governor Jim Justice signed a copy of the book, which was added to the West Virginia Archives. Reid-Smith also announced that the State Cultural Center will host an exhibit in October 2022 marking five years of the Justice’s Roads to Prosperity program, in which West Virginia voters approved the issuance of highway bonds to fund road construction projects across the state.
The books can be purchased for $ 12.95 at the State Cultural Center in Charleston, Tamarack in Beckley, Grave Creek Mound in Moundsville, and Independence Hall in Wheeling.