Summit Park

It All Began On Murphy's Run



STREET BY STREET, HOUSE BY HOUSE - HERE IS A HISTORY SPANNING 200 YEARS
OF A ONCE COAL MINING- TIN MILL COMMUNITY, EAST OF CLARKSBURG, WEST
VIRGINIA - KNOWN BY MANY NAMES:

MURPHY'S RUN - TUNNEL NO. ONE - COLUMBIA - DESPARD AND SUMMIT PARK

"Summit Park - It All Began On Murphy's Run"  by Mary Virginia Davis
Sprouse, with Sharon Sprouse Bramhall.  370 Pages (8 1/2 x 11).  Index.
Hundreds of photographs.  Softcover, perfect bound.

TO ORDER BY MAIL:
Send check payable to Mary Virginia Sprouse, c/o Devon Drive, North
Olmsted, OH 44070  (440-734-7434).   PRICE:  $25.99.  (Total, S&H, tax:
West Virginia residents:  $30.00 -  Non-WV residents:  $28.44.)

TO PURCHASE OUTRIGHT:  Books are also sold exclusively at DONNA’S
HOLIDAY SHOPPE in Summit Park., Rt. 50 East of Clarksburg, right at
Summit Park School. (304) 623-6541/623-2527)
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"..a heavily researched, thoroughly detailed, liberally illustrated
historical work.." - Norman Julian, award winning author and journalist
for the Dominion Post.

"West Virginians everywhere should have this book on their library
shelves.." - Max Grove, Genealogist, and Editor, Mill Creek Peddler.

"SUMMIT PARK - IT ALL BEGAN ON MURPHY’S RUN" - a 370-page community
history (indexed) by Mary Virginia Davis Sprouse, with Sharon Sprouse
Bramhall, is the result of the collaborated efforts of a mother-daughter
team, about a small West Virginia former mining community east of
Clarksburg.  It was a community known by many names because its coal
mines which operated here:  MURPHY’S RUN, DESPARD,  COLUMBIA.  First
settled after the Revolution as Murphy’s Run, it became home to the
"tunnel people" - mostly Irish - who came in the 1850s to build Train
Tunnel No.One and stayed to work the mines.  Murphy’s Run Mine was one
of the earliest mines in the area.  When a tinmill (the first WEIRTON
STEEL MILL) was established here at the turn of the century, this became
the FIRST STOP FOR IMMIGRANTS representing  Assyria, Austria,
Czecho-Slovakia, England, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lebanon,
Poland, and Russia.  These families who shared a common respect for
honesty and hard work, blended well with the old families of West
Virginia, creating bonds which have lasted generations. Summit Park was
the site of Clarksburg’s GREEKTOWN where coffeehouses-dormitories and
Greek establishments were clustered near the historic St. Spyridon Greek
Orthodox Church.  Two FINNISH dance halls were also established here.

The book begins 200 years ago with the first settlers and marches
through time - street by street - house by house - to the present.  The
second half gives vivid descriptions of the community businesses, with
photographs of the MINES, with related anecdotes throughout the book.  A
remnant copy of a an old mining newspaper is included.  Tin mill
operating descriptions, and the many stores are detailed.  Other
chapters are Military, Schools, That’s Life, Churches, Organizations,
Deeds,  Headliners, and Tragedies.  Distinguished SP natives include a
Marshall University president, country music stars, Cleveland Browns
player, Clarksburg mayor, Mormon bishop, judges,  WV heavyweight boxing
champ, and MISS WEST VIRGINIA, among others!!  Hundreds of PHOTOGRAPHS!!

TO ORDER by mail:
Send check payable to Mary Virginia Sprouse, c/o Devon Drive, North
Olmsted, OH 44070  (440-734-7434).   PRICE:   $25.99.    Total:  West
Virginia residents:  $30.00 -  Non-WV residents:  $28.44

Books are also sold exclusively at DONNA’S HOLIDAY SHOPPE in Summit
Park., Rt. 50 East of Clarksburg, right at Summit Park School. (304)
623-6541/ 623-2527

"King Coal once ruled here - but leadership has been our finest
product".  - ssb

Sharon Sprouse Bramhall


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