THE GREAT Stone Viaduct Historical Education Society is on the right track in its aim "to keep alive the history of the Ohio Valley and to encourage the study of local history."
Its inaugural event was an educational forum in August, and this not only was a learning experience but it also featured other activities. The activities were held in the Bellaire Public Library and under the arches of the Great Stone Viaduct, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The group later participated in the Ohio Valley History Expo in October.
Now, the historical education group is planned an extensive project focusing on railroads.
Marked by the variety, the bus tour, which is open to the public, will feature the Great Stone Viaduct, Bellaire; Grave Creek and Roseby's Rock and the former Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Station, which now houses West Virginia Northern Community College, in Wheeling.
THE HISTORICAL group apparently has taken a lead from the railroads whose trains were known for running on schedule.
By selecting Dec. 16 for the tour, the group has chosen a month significant in the Ohio Valley's railroad history. It was on Christmas Eve 160 years ago that the former B&O completed its track from Baltimore to Wheeling, Va.
Near the track closing is a large rock including the information, "Rosbby's Rock. Track Closed Christmas Eve 1852." Although it takes its names from Roseby Carr, the superintendent for laying rails for that part of the line, a mistake was made in the spelling of Roseby by some workers reportedly "well-oiled" in connection with a celebration about the completion of the track to that point.
Presentations are planned on the tour.
The society's charter members' tickets for the tour, scheduled between 1 and 6 p.m., are $20 each while non-members are to pay $25 each.
A sack lunch will be provided, and those interested in the trip are to contact the society by email at GSV Society@aol.com, call (740) 676-2743 or visit the website, www.greatstoneviaduct.org, for more information.
RAILROADS aren't used as much as formerly, but the upcoming tour shows a rich history remains.