There’s no doubt that Monongalia County is one of the most beautiful counties in the Mountain State. We found these photos taken in the 70’s by the federal government. They show the haunting beauty of these small communities.

1. A former railroad bridge over Decker’s Creek

Library of Congress/Public Domain

Library of Congress/Public Domain

2. The Norris Family farm in Cheat Neck

Library of Congress/Public Domain

Library of Congress/Public Domain

3. More of the Norris Farm

Library of Congress/Public Domain

Library of Congress/Public Domain

4. A cemetery in Cheat Neck

Library of Congress/Public Domain

Library of Congress/Public Domain

5. The John Bly House, once a stagecoach stop on the Morgantown and Uniontown Turnpike

Library of Congress/Public Domain

Library of Congress/Public Domain

6. The interior of a Coke Oven dome

Library of Congress/Public Domain

Library of Congress/Public Domain

7. “Downtown” Richard. Notice the company housing on either side of the road.

Library of Congress/Public Domain

Library of Congress/Public Domain

8. Another old farm

Library of Congress/Public Domain

Library of Congress/Public Domain

9. A barn in Cheat Neck

Library of Congress/Public Domain

Library of Congress/Public Domain

10.”Downtown” Osage

Library of Congress/Public Domain

Library of Congress/Public Domain

11. Scotts Run Mine in 1932

National Archives/Public Domain

National Archives/Public Domain

We know this photo is older but it’s pretty cool so we HAD to include it.

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