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National Park Service in West Virginia

Oct 16, 1859

John Brown attempted to seize federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry

Other events that happened on or around October 16, 1859


The Appalachian Trail was established

Other events that happened on or around 1937

Jun 30, 1944

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park was authorized as a national monument, the first in West Virginia

Nov 10, 1978

The New River Gorge National River was established by Congress

Oct 26, 1988

The Bluestone National Scenic River and Gauley River National Recreation Area were officially established.

Mar 12, 2019

The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail was extended 1,200 miles eastward to Pittsburgh, covering Meriwether's first leg of the journey along the Ohio River, including nearly 300 miles in West Virginia.

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