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Graham House

The British army erected forts along the river at Lowell and other places.  Nearby in 1770-2 John Graham built the relatively wealthy home that still stands along Route 3, the oldest log structure in West Virginia west  of the Alleghanies.  In 1777 the Shawnees struck the homestead, killing a ten year-old son and family friend and abducting the seven year-old daughter Elizabeth.  Colonel Graham spent eight years before purchasing his daughter back near present-day Maysville, Kentucky.

John Henry Statue

The northern capital financing the construction found emancipated slaves and Irish immigrants to be the hardest source of labor.  With a workfoce of a thousand, hundreds died carving into the hard rock.  When the company hoped to speed things up, it brought in the newly developed steam drill.  John Henry successfully challenged the machine in rock-busting but died as a result.  His legendary death embodied the sacrafice of manual laborers for industrial development and their resistance to mechanization.  On the hundreth anniversery of the tunnel (1972), a powerful statue of "the steel drivin' man" was erected which will be the centerpiece of the now-developing John Henry Memorial Park.

 

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