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I sure do not know why they call this location Norborne, WV. To my knowledge, there is no such known location. There is a cemetery called Norborne Cemetery within Martinsburg, WV, but the location of this bridge is best described as approximately two and a half miles south of Hedgesville, WV. When photographed, this bridge was in use, but it has been taken out of service, and traffic crosses a newly constructed adjacent bridge which is visible in the Google Map Satellite view.

Sadly this beautiful old bridge is has been recently torn down, according to the local weekly, The Morgan Messenger. The old foundations which this old bridge sat on will be reused to support a temporary bridge while the bridge which has carried Route #9 across the Cacapon River for the past 50+ years is being reconstructed. After the temporary bridge is no longer needed, it will be torn down, and only the foundations of this old bridge will be visible.

This picture is placed too far from the tunnel. The correct location is about N39 33' 02" W78 27' 47".

This house was originally built as a one story house. This can be detected by observing the color change of the brick used to add the upper level at a later date.

The historic Bowles House was begun in the 1780's, and predates the C&O Canal by about 50 years. Originally a one story house, it was later enlarged to two storys. Located at the east end of Hancock, the residents of the house farmed nearby acreage, and provided services such as selling goods and produce to persons working on the adjacent C&O canal. It has not been used as a residence for about 30 years, and now houses National Park Service displays about the history of the C&O Canal, as well as information about the mutual interaction between the C&O Canal and the local environment. The visitor center is open from Memorial Day through the end of October, Friday through Tuesday, from 9:00 AM through 4:30 PM.

Sadly, nothing of this old building now remains, except the foundations. A corner of this old building can still be seen at the left rear of

For more information about the maple festival, go to

Due to heavy snows during the winter of 2009-2010, and years of neglect, the eaves of this building began to sag noticably in the spring of 2010. Fortunately, it is now being stabilized for restoration.

It is my information that passenger service to this old station was discontinued in the mid-1930's.

Dear RikJim, It was a bank built in 1910 and is now my art studio (see my veterans memorial sculpture in Widmeyer Park in Hancock) I also have renovated another old 1878 whiskey warehouse at 7 Taney St. South Hancock Md into a Bed and Breakfast ( Thanks for the nice photo.

My comment beginning "Further research reveals..." is based on the clearly incorrect position of this photo at 39 degrees 30' 56.34" N, 78 degrees 28' 2.04" W. This is just alongside the Potomac River.

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