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We'd All Be Millionaires If We Had It Now!

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In the aftermath of the Civil War, life in the new state of West Virginia changed forever. With the help of a booming railroad system, it became possible to extract the abundant natural resources of the region. By the end of the 19th Century, timber and coal were being exported from West Virginia in astonishing quantities. Capitalists of the Gilded Age found it simple to exploit cash-starved mountain families, and vast tracts of land and mineral rights were purchased for a pittance. By the early days of the 20th Century, a previously agrarian life was transformed as farmers became loggers, miners, millhands and railroaders to keep food on the family table. Dangerous working conditions, inclement weather, and the Flu Epidemic of 1918 compounded hardships. Stories of fortitude through hard times live on in this audio history production, the third in the four-part series, Voices of the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike. Join us as local elders recall with a grim chuckle that, 'We'd All Be Millionaires If We Had It Now!' Don't miss this CD filled with West Virginia music and ambient sound including live tree felling, teams of work horses and more.


  1. Camp Chase: Prisoners of War Returning Home
  2. A Divided recovery: Confederate veterans reestablish control
  3. Stories of Giant Trees: Yankee speculators, early log boom
  4. Building the Log Trains: H.G. Davis's railroad empire
  5. Beverly battles to keep courthouse
  6. Era of the robber barons: Hard times for laboring people
  7. Logging Camp Life
  8. Driving team: The dangers of woods work
  9. Good cooks, good food
  10. Cox's Mill: Chaos in the oil and gas boom
  11. Influenza of 1918
  12. End of Logging Boom: Degradation of terrain and rivers
  13. Travel by local railroads
  14. Allegheny Highlands: Hard in winter
  15. Bypassing the Old Pike: Families leaving the mountain
  16. Inns Along the Pike
  17. Conclusion: The Society of wagon travel

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