We are glad to announce that our friends at the West Virginia Geological Survey have been amazing by helping us archive and re-home a number of the engineering and industrial artifacts found inside the Engineering Building. The Engineering Building has long been the temporary turned semi-permanent home of a large number of core drilling samples, coal industry maps. These samples, maps, and their boxes have been sitting for over 30 years, collecting dust, mildew, and putting strain on the building floors.
The core drilling samples were made during the 1970s and sample the hillsides north of Thomas in Garrett County. These samples are believed to have been used in calculating the value of land owned by the railroad companies and assessing potential business opportunities. They also show a snapshot of the geological history of this land. The West Virginia Geological Survey pulled about 50 of these samples from the building. They will be coordinated against existing sampling maps and then distributed to several new homes, including West Virginia University, Marshall University, and the Geological Survey itself.
We also found a number of mining maps, permits, and drilling coordinates. These documents will be digitized and added to state databases and archives. This addition adds to the collective knowledge of mining and rail business activities throughout the 20th Century in West Virginia and Western Maryland. Digitizing these documents makes sure that their knowledge remains for posterity.