A Look Back at This Month In Upshur County History

The beginnings of the West Pool on East Main St., around 1940. The pool later became Hinkle's Pool and was located where the 88 Pavilion now stands. Photo courtesy of the Upshur County Historical Society.

February 15, 1930 — Temperatures in Upshur County dropped to 14.5 below zero.

February, 1940Gone With the Wind finally made it to West Virginia.  It was shown in Clarksburg for one week only, with two shows daily, reservations required.  After being sold out, they extended the viewing for four additional days.

February 1940 — Garland West announces he would build a swimming pool on East Main Street as soon as the weather broke.

February 8, 1950 — Work on the new National Guard Armory on Rt. 20 started for a contract price of $289,800.

The National Guard Armory on Rt. 20, Buckhannon. Photo courtesy of the Upshur County Historical Society

February 19, 1960 — The City of Buckhannon annexed West Lincoln Street, Lincoln Way, Lincoln Heights, Boggess Street, Willowbrook, and Highland Drive into the city limits which effected about 200 people.

February 1970 — The Ivy school burned to the ground and 75 students were bused to a building on Victoria Street for classes.

February 1970 — The United Way of Upshur County reached 90% of its $30,000 goal, bringing in $27,000.

Upshur County Courthouse Annex. Photo Credit: Amy Tenney

February 4, 1990 — Judge Dowell Jennings died, leaving money in his will for the county to build the Upshur County Courthouse Annex.

February 28, 1990 — A group of citizens got together to plan Buckhannon’s Christmas Store.