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John Henry park project enters new phase

TALCOTT, W.Va. -- A statue of John Henry has been relocated to the mouth of the Great Bend Tunnel. A parking lot and entrance have been built.

Now, the effort to develop a park dedicated to the folk hero is entering its next phase. The steering committee for the John Henry Historical Park in Talcott is raising money to build an access road. The road will run from the parking lot to the tunnel and an area where the John Henry Days festival is held.

WVU Extension agent Rick Moorefield told The Register-Herald of Beckley that the committee hopes to raise $300,000. The committee plans to apply for a $240,000 grant through the West Virginia Department of Transportation. Another $60,000 must be raised to meet the grant's 20-percent match requirement.


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