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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Mount Hope's YMCA Building Sold to Board of Education in 1933

The Loop Creek District Young Men's Christian Association building on Main Street in Mount Hope served thousands of men and women, boys and girls during the 1920s through the 1930s. The dedication and formal opening of the "Y" took place on Wednesday evening, February 15, 1922.

An indoor swimming pool was in service in the building, with regular gymnasium classes held during the winter months and tennis, "big ball," and other games during the greater part of the year. As built, the building contained a boy's department, ladies' department, swimming pool, bowling alleys, pool room, a 60x80 gymnasium fully equipped with a stage and dressing rooms, and a seating capacity for 500 spectators; spacious lobby, 18 dormitory rooms, a banquet hall, a completely equipped kitchen, and lockers and locker rooms.

Loup Creek District Y.M.C.A>in Mount Hope, W.Va.

In 1933, the Fayette County Board of Education purchased the building for $9,000, from The New River Company.  The original cost of the structure was said to be $111,000.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Mt. Hope's Two Surviving Company Store Buildings

Two of the New River Company's former company store buildings still survive in Mount Hope, W.Va. The building that housed the last company store in town is probably the better known of the two, which is located at the corner of Stadium Drive and Main Street, which is shown in the photo below.

Former Mt. Hope Company Store Building

The Day the Satellite Landed on the Fayetteville Courthouse Lawn

Vanguard 1 satellite image courtesy NASA
By mid afternoon, on that fateful day in the spring of '58, excitement ran high as word spread that a U.S. Naval satellite had landed on the courthouse lawn in Fayetteville, W.Va. It wasn't long before a crowd of lawyers, law enforcement officers, journalists, and concerned citizens gathered in the tiny sheriff's office anxious to catch a glimpse of the satellite, and to learn more about the object assumed to have fallen from space sometime overnight.

The crowd of onlookers soon learned that only a short while before, Dana Carte, a trusty at the Fayette County Jail, had discovered the strange object on front lawn of the Fayette County Courthouse.  Carte had immediately revealed his fantastic discovery to Jack Robertson, manager of the Fayette County sheriff's office.

Soon after photographers from three area newspapers began snapping pictures of the suspected satellite, a local official began to carefully examine every inch of the grapefruit sized object and the six antennas that extended from its body with a magnifying glass, finding a marking that read "Naval Research Laboratory."