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Jumping Branch

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A tributary of the Little Bluestone River in Summers County, Jumping Branch make take its name from a ford along the Giles, Fayette and Kanawha Turnpike of the early 1800s where the stream could be jumped. The community of Jumping Branch, WV, takes its name from the branch. According to historian James H. Miller, author of "History of Summers County, West Virginia" (1908), the name arises from numerous falls near the mouth of the stream and because teams were habitually jumped over the stream before it was bridged.


Ice Cave on Jumping Branch

In his history, Miller also recalls the location of an "ice cave" on or near the branch. His description may allude to the topography of the branch and the narrow valley through which it descends.

"The ice cave on Jumping Branch Creek is one of the wonders of Summers County. Is is situated in a dense pine forest on Jumping Branch, between that village and Little Blue Stone The persons who were familiar with it in earlier days of the county report that ice was found in abundance in mid-summer in the hot days, and the atmosphere cold. It was visited by numerous picnic parties, and was a place of celebrity, but in later years the pine forests were destroyed, and with it the ice cave. It did not seem to be a cave really, but was at the rapids and roughs of the branch in the dense forest where the sun never penetrated, and the ice accumulated there in the winter time and remained there in the summer."