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FORT BOREMAN

 
 

When one drives on the fine highway US 50 going east of west past Parkersburg,West Virginia one passes between the western and northern sides of a steep ridge and the Ohio and Little Kanawah Rivers south of Parkersburg itself. Unless one has studied guide books one would never notice that an interesting Civil War Fort lies atop that ridge. This is Fort Boreman. Although very little of the fort remains, it is worth the time to visit. Naturally, A google serach will provide a long list of links including to youtube. One of the best is - http://www.greaterparkersburg.com/search/attractions/history/fort-boreman

 
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Plaque providing history of Ft. Boreman which was built during the Civil War to protect the B&O Railroad from Confederate raiders.

 
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Plaque describing the settlement of Parkersburg and its role in the Civil War

 
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View from the lower level of Fort Boreman north, up the Ohio River, with part of Parkersburg on the right. One can see that the steep character of the hill enables the fort on this crest to dominate traffic on the river, and protect the railroad and the ferry site to the north. It also protects traffic on the Little Kanawha River that joins the Ohio at the foot of the hill. The bridge in the foreground is over this river. US Route 50 lies below, very tight against the scarp.

 
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Plaque describing the role of the Ohio River and Ft. Boreman's defensive role.

 
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View south, down the Ohio, again showing how cannon on the steep bluff would control the river, In the distance is Blennerhassett Island, site of the organization Aaron Burr created for his failed effort to establish a separate republic on the lower Mississippi. His party left the island floating down river until he was captured at Memphis.

 
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Another view up the Ohio that reveals the second bridge in the distance and a tiny bit of the Little Kanawha River behind the bushes.

 
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Plaque that describes the history of Blennerhassett Island and its role as venue for Aaron Burr's aborted scheme on the lower Mississippi.

 
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View of the lower fort area with flags and example of a Civil War cannon - in the background is the higher elevation on which the main part of the fort was constructed.

 
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View of the lower part of the fort looking in the opposite direction with the Ohio River in the background

 
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Close-up view of the cannon

 
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Plaque describing Parkersburg during the Civil War - But note the map in the lower left corner which is the only one that shows the full extent of the Boreman fort with its bastions.

 
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Plaque with longer description of the role of Fort Boreman during the Civil War

 
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Plaque describing some other events that took place on Fort Boreman Hill

 
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View from the lower area of the stair case leading up to the main part of the fort.

 
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Plaque describing the typical winter quarters - cabins - built at the fort.

 
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Sign with information on the cost of trails at Fort Boreman.

 
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Plaque describing the activities of the regimental artificer from analysis of artifacts recovered from the ground

 
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Plaque describing the construction of trenches in the lower part of the hill.

 
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Photo of a cannon positioned in the upper, main section of the fort

 
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Another view of the same cannon showing its line of fire toward the river over the lower area of the fort .

 
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Plaque describing the fort's powder magazine, the foundations of which remain nearby under a reconstruction.

 
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View of Parkersburg across the Little Kanawah River from the upper fort level .

 
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Another view from the upper level of the fort looking further north-east up the Little Kanawah River

 

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