Monday, March 10, 2014

Stone Walls and Large Ancient City Described Along the Ohio River in West Virginia

    Stone Walls and Large Ancient City Described Along the Ohio River in West Virginia

Stonewall or fort above Pratt, West Virginia, formerly known as Clifton.

   Ten miles below the mouth of Armstrong Creek, on the Kanawha river, is another wall similar to the one in Fayette county described by Captain Wm. N. Page.  It is on a high mountain, facing the river, just above the mouth of Paint Creek.  The characteristics of the two works are so nearly alike that the foregoing description of the one at Loup creek renders unnecessary any description of the one at Paint creek, except to say that it is erected on a smaller scale.
At the base of the Paint creek mountain, too, is an extensive burying ground, similar to the one described.  It is just where the village of Pratt (formerly Clifton), now stands; and so numerous are the remains that excavations for any purpose are almost sure to unearth skeletons, as well as stone, bone, earthenware, copper implements, and relics. [The burial are not marked by mounds]

At Sattes, opposite the mouth of the Coal River, there have been found evidences of a very large city, much larger than Charleston.  There are also carved stones in different places on the river.  Earthworks or fortifications are also found several places both on the Kanawha and on the Coal river