|Have you ever read/heard of the book "1632"?|
(( Oh no, I haven’t. But I’ll add it to my list of books I should read :’D ))
It took me a few minutes to figure out where those top two photos were taken. That’s the intersection of University Avenue (then called Beverly Avenue, a street that still exists in Sunnyside), Stewart Street, and Campus Drive. Those buildings on the left are where the Rusted Musket now stands. Many of those buildings on the right are gone.
I’ll often try to recreate the pictures that I enjoy, but there’s simply no way to recreate the first two (they were both taken before 1924). They were taken on a bridge that’s no longer there, a bridge that connected the aforementioned intersection to where University Avenue passes by the Business and Economics Building. In other words, what we now know as the loop/horseshoe/place-where-traffic-horribly-backs-up used to be bridged.
My father, who just retired from WVU, remembers the bridge from when he first moved to Morgantown in 1976. He reported that it was shaky, and that when traffic backed up, it was incredibly shaky, and that one day, it was gone and everybody felt safer. Meanwhile, the stately home on the right side of the top photograph stood until I was a teenager; by that time, it was overrun by students and may have partially burned down before eventually being torn down and replaced with the hideous apartment building that sits on the corner of University and Stewart.
You can see the bridge in each of those aerial photographs, all taken before 1975. You can also see the bridge captured in other directions in the in the bottom photographs. The snowy one was likely taken before 1910 and clearly shows a largely undeveloped Wiles Hill, a neighborhood that has since grown incredibly.
(Thanks, as always, To West Virginia History On View.)
(Remember that if you use these to be respectful on the subjects where it is necessary!)
- Origins: Where did your character first come from? What was their first name, human and ‘official’? Where were they located specifically?
- War: What was the first war your character experienced?
- Battle: During a war of your choosing, how did your character participate? What were their thoughts? How was their experience similar or different from others who played a part in this war? How did this affect them overall?
- Politics: Who is your character’s favourite person from their nation? Why? How has this person influenced your character?
- Holiday: What is your character’s favourite holiday celebrated in their country? Why? How do they celebrate?
- Mirror, Mirror: How does your character’s appearance affect them in their current life? How does their appearance reflect their country? In what ways does it not reflect their country?
- Reverse: If your character could change one thing their country has done in the past, what would it be? Would it be how they treated a certain group of people, religion, something with politics? Why or why not?
- Eureka!: What’s an invention/idea originating from someone from your character’s country that your character is proud of?
- Tra La La: What is your character’s favourite song from their country? Why?
- Chow Time: A favourite dish from your character’s country, if they cook it, or how they prefer it made.
- Recurring: A fear of your character’s… that has come true. How do they deal with it? How does it affect them?
- Art: Is your character serious about art? What kind of art do they create? Photography, comics, paintings(what kind? water, oil; landscape, portraits?), lettering, metal work, etching, etc.? Are they merely an art appreciator?
- Prayers: Does your character believe in a higher being? To what extent? Have they ever doubter their faith? Does your character urge others to share the same religion? Has your character ever believed in a higher being, if they don’t now? What made them lose faith?
- Handy Dandy: What do your character’s hands look like? Scarred, wrinkled, smooth? Dirty, manicured?
- Up Up and Away!: How does your character to prefer to travel? What was the first mode of transportation they ever used? Are they scared of any kinds of transportation?
- Home Sweet Home: Has your character’s home always been where it is? Did they buy their house, or build it? Do they live alone or with others? Have they always lived alone or with others? Why?
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
May 10, 1908 –
Mother’s Day was observed for the first time in the United States in Grafton, West Virginia.
Have you all got a plan for this coming Sunday?
Diamond Point on the Endless Wall Trail, New River Gorge, WV
Last Summer with the people I love most in the world.