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Historic book gives look back

June 17, 2012
By Joan Pritchard , Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Willia Cotton, the first librarian in Marietta, wrote a book on Mound Cemetery that included a great deal about Marietta. The opening page of her book began with the following paragraph: " There is no spot west of the Alleghenies of more historic interest than the old Mound Cemetery of Marietta, for in it are buried many of the Pioneers of the Northwest Territory. Sturdy and true were the men who bade 'Goodbye' to New England, and wended their way westward to establish a new home in the wilderness. Under the leadership of Rufus Putnam, the vanguard composed of 48 men, followed the Indian trail over the mountains, and in a large boat, called the 'Adventure Galley,' floated down the Ohio to the mouth of the Muskingum. Here they landed on the 7th of April, 1788, and laid out a little city, which they named Marietta in honor in honor of the Queen of France, Marie Antoinette."



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