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Weston and Gauley Bridge Turnpike

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Seal of the Weston & Gauley Bridge Turnpike
Established in 1848, the Weston & Gauley Bridge Turnpike traveled nearly 110 miles through the largely unsettled region of central West Virginia (the western Virginia) from present-day Weston, WV, in the north, to Gauley Bridge, WV, in the south. The turnpike effectively linking the upper valleys of the Elk, Kanawha, Monongahela, and Little Kanawha rivers.

During the Civil War the passage of troops virtually destroyed the route, and its reconstruction was never thereafter approached by the impoverished State of West Virginia. Its existence, however, resulted in the improvement of areas through which it coursed and the development of towns at Sutton and Summersville, WV.