WV Public Radio Marks the Anniversary of a Historic Turnpike’s Formation

West Virginia Public Broadcasting reports, “On March 1, 1837, the Virginia General Assembly formed the Giles, Fayette & Kanawha Turnpike Company to build a 15-foot-wide road from Pearisburg, Virginia, to Gauley Bridge in Fayette County.” Completed a decade later, the highway was a “valuable trade route and became strategically important during the Civil War.”