A scene showing flycasters angling for trout in Shavers Fork, with the Cheat Mountain Club in the background, illustrates October's page.
Randolph County's Cheat Mountain Club, built in 1887 as a private hunting and fishing lodge, was a stop on a 1918 car-camping tour of the Appalachians by an elite traveling group known as the "Vagabonds." Among the Vagabonds visiting the Cheat Mountain Club in July and August 1918 were industrialists Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone, inventor Thomas Edison and naturalist John Burroughs.
"The people at the big clubhouse gave us a hospitable welcome and added much to our comfort," Burroughs wrote after his visit. "I found the forests and streams of this part of West Virginia much like those of the Catskills, only on a larger scale, and the climate even colder."
Burroughs wrote that on the night of July 23, the temperature dropped to 30 degrees, followed the next night by a killing frost that killed all the vegetables in the club's garden.
Several New Deal construction projects from the Great Depression are featured on the calendar, including Marshall County's Cameron Pool, built in 1939 by the Public Works Administration. The large semicircular pool, which reopened last summer after extensive renovations, features an underground lifeguard station, in which swimmers are monitored through five underwater portholes.
Also built by the Public Works Administration were Chestnut Lodge at Camp Washington Carver in Fayette County and East-West Stadium in Fairmont, Marion County. A scene of dozens of square dancers making use of Chestnut Lodge illustrates the December page of the calendar, while a high school football drill at East-West Stadium, built in 1938 and the scene of the state's first integrated football game in 1954, is featured on August's page.
The Williamson Fieldhouse and South Charleston's Oakes Field are also pictured.
Division of Culture and History photographer Tyler Evert traveled the state to provide images for the calendar. Text was written by John Adamik, with assistance from Pierce.
Production of the calendar was funded in part through a grant from the National Park Service.
To request a free calendar, write to the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, 2014 Calendar, The Culture Center, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard E, Charleston, WV 25305, or call Conni McMorris at 304-558-0240, or email conni.l.mcmor...@wv.gov.
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