Recently, Friends of Blackwater, in collaboration with historian David Vago, have made some vinyl banners that are currently hanging along the Blackwater Rail Trail. These banners focus on the history surrounding the city of Thomas, particularly about the railroads and the various industries that helped make the town boom in its hay day. The first one is about the coke ovens, which are either to your left or right depending on where you start, followed by the various industries, and lastly, the two railroad companies that operated in Thomas. There are five banners created, each one being 6×8 feet tall, and they are all spread out along the fencing of the sewage treatment plant. We placed them at the very top of the fencing, spacing them out by 7, before fastening them securely with zip ties.
We originally put four of the five up, saving the last one was because we were wanting to film ourselves installing it. Emmie and I, along with Cheyenne Carter, our new executive assistant, were aided by Mary Kay McFarland, a WVU film journalism professor. We also had the assistance of Joe Dumire, who was an additional subject in our video, as he provided a small interview about Thomas and the railroads. Even though we did not us the installation footage in our final product, we are still very excited about the work we have done and we hope everyone gets a chance to see these new mesh banners!
We have also created some new signs that are currently standing along the Davis City Park! As opposed to these banners, the Davis signs solely focus on the timber industry. For additional information, here is a link to a press release we made to the Parsons Advocate, and the YouTube link for the video itself!