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Mountain Curios

Wait, a face carved in stone at the New River Gorge? Tweetsie Railroad had three lives? And West Virginia’s Cheat Mountain four? Get details about these riddles and more in our annual collection of the strange but true. Read more

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David Sibray, WV Explorer

The enigmatic face was likely carved into soapstone in the 1950s by a coal miner. Read more

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Brian Stansberry

The versatile, utilitarian rock is found at Schuyler, Virginia, and mined there by the nation’s oldest and largest producer of American soapstone. Read more

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Yes, the little engine began its life where it rolls today, but made a trek to Virginia and nearly ended up in California. Gene Autry Nearly Owned It. Read more

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Over the last 160 years, the identity of the peak has changed, changed, changed and changed again. Read more

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Anne Fulton

We got a note awhile back about a new scientific study looking at “the electrical conductivity of Earth’s crust and mantle below the mountain chain.” We wanted to understand it better, so we contacted the study’s lead author. Here's what he shared. Read more

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Gabe Dewitt

Let’s take a look at some of the stranger things our wonderful region is home to. Read more

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Joe Tennis

The famous “Monkey Trial” of 1925 put the little town of Dayton, Tennessee, on the map, as per plan. Read more

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Joe Tennis

The history of the West Virginia resort’s water goes back more than 150 years, with endorsements from people ranging from Olympians to congressmen. Read more

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David Gillespie

The official opening of the new version of the Webster Springs, West Virginia boardwalk will take place in the spring. Read more

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Joe Tennis

Did a Bigfoot save a guy’s life in 2000? And how about the guy who didn’t go into the woods for five years after seeing one? Read more

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The original recipe was cooked up during Prohibition in Kingsport, Tennessee. Jamie Cyphers says her grandma went to jail for it. Read more

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Cherokee maidens in search of fallen warriors? The souls of a slain mother and child? A war hero in search of his family? Let's go find out. Read more

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Photo courtesy the Douglas Bast Collection.

Many believed in the magic of Wizard Zittle to cure their ills and change their fortune. His own fortune changed after he broke the magicians’ code. Read more

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Photo by Joe Tennis

The Virginia Blue Ridge Railway survived war, the depression, changing extraction goals and much more. Now it has a new life. Read more

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Success does have many fathers, but as many as 17 candidates for the presidential paternity? Read more

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The Big Smoky Mountain Light Show in late May / early June is a sight to behold. Read more

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More than 100 years ago, this razor-beaked, lethal-clawed, high-screech creature roamed the western Maryland mountains. Or did it? Read more

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Denise J. Mathews

A one-acre lake that had been tended to for more than a decade by a group of Virginia high school students was about to lose its caretakers when their school fell victim to consolidation. Read more

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Circular barns, popular a century ago for their efficiencies of materials, labor and use, have largely left the landscape. One, in the foothills of Virginia, has recently been re-upped for the next 100 years. Read more

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