Picnic grounds, siege guns grace Fort Boreman

Fort Boreman: Picnic grounds being readied

It is expected that the picnic grounds on the heights of Fort Boreman will be ready to be thrown open to the pleasure seeking public about the first of June. The grounds are being gotten into first class shape and a large number of attractive features will be added, among them being circular swings, merry-go-rounds, and other such things that will add to the pleasure of both young and old. A large tent has been ordered and upon its arrival it will be erected and a restaurant started where the picnic parties can be provided for. The promoters of the resort expect to make it one of the most popular places in this section of the country.

From The Parkersburg Semi-Weekly Sentinel

May 21, 1901

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Landmark on Fort Boreman, originally owned by William Logan, deceased, burned

The first house ever built on Fort Boreman and originally owned by William Logan, deceased, who lived there fifty years ago, was destroyed by fire yesterday evening about 7 o’clock, loss $500. Thomas Haddox, deceased, also occupied the house for many years. In those days this home was a favorite resort for the young people of this locality, and many a dance was given in the building by the original and succeeding occupants of it. The house, at the time it burned, was owned by Holmes Hiteshew. It was vacated by a family several days ago and was tenantless. It is supposed that the house was set on fire by some tramps who had sought shelter there.

From The Parkersburg Daily State Journal

January 11, 1902

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Mounting Big Tom

The big siege gun that was sent here by the war department about two months ago and which has been lying at the O.R.R. platform ever since, is being mounted on a heavy truck by some enthusiastic republicans and will be taken to the top of Fort Boreman where it will be fired off on Saturday.

From The Parkersburg

Sentinel

November 10, 1898

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Long Tom planted on Fort Boreman

Hugo Heyendreich, with the assistance of Major S.F. Shaw, Capt. William Kirk and others, moved the siege gun better known as “Long Tom” to the top of Fort Boreman this afternoon. It took eight horses to get it up the hill. But it is now in position to greet the news of the signing of the treaty with a mighty roar. The gunners have not as yet been chosen.

From The Parkersburg

Sentinel

December 9, 1898

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