Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I am looking through photos all the time to see what we have done, and what we are needing to do. I recently ran across this photo and thought it has got to be added to our tour.
The part of the building off to the left in this photo is where the butcher shop once was. It also was a restaurant for the previous owner in the early 90's. Fortunately, what you don't see is the flooding that occurred in this room from the roof leaking so bad. The floor has become soft, and the ceiling has fallen in. This is not a room that we have used on our tours, but will be working on this summer. If you would like to help with any of the restoration just let us know.

Now you may have noticed the big plane smack in the middle of the picture. We were donated this plane with its fascinating story when the
Scarbro Elementary school closed for good this past year.
( Scarbro School had been part of this coal mining community since the begining.)

The story was told to us this way: The plane was build by the students, with help from the faculty. They each placed a piece of paper mache on the plane till it was the correct size. This plane is suppose to be a replica of the first plane that flew under the completed new River Gorge Bridge. The original plane pulled a net behind it that caught the first jumper from the bridge. Does anyone know what year that was? who the first person was that jumped? or What kind of plane it was?


Angela Tetrault said...

The first jumper was Burton Ervin on Friday August 1, 1979. The first LEGAL bridge day jumpers were Mig and Ken Hamilton on November 8 1981 on

Whipple said...

Angela, you are so efficient.. What kind of plane flew under the bridge??
Hope to see you soon, 8 days and counting.

So glad your here!

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