The West Virginia. Cyclopedia
Prehistoric and early European trade routes descended Mann's Creek from the east to a crossing near the creek's mouth on the New River at Sewell, WV. In the early 1900s, the Manns Creek Railroad followed the valley of the stream from the main line of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway at Sewell into the highlands east and north of the gorge. Ruins at Sewell and along the walls above the gorge were long-ago abandoned by the hundreds of miners and railroaders who worked the region. The whole of the gorge has been reclaimed entirely by forest, while much of the upper stream remains in farmland and woodlot.
Variant Name(s) Mann's Creek, Mans Creek