Rosby’s Rock

Moundsville, WV

The inscribed bolder marks the spot, where on Dec. 24, 1852, the rails of the B&O were joined forming a railroad link between Baltimore (the Atlantic Ocean) and the Ohio River. This site is the original Promontory Point linking the two water drainages. Construction of the railroad was started on July 4, 1928, and its completion represented one of the major milestones in United States history and development. The railroad aided commerce and westward expansion.

The town, best reached from Moundsville via County Road 54 and by following the signs, is located up a hollow along Big Grave Creek. The Rosbys Rock community of today, however, bears little resemblance to the prosperous railroading and farming hamlet in which Dorothy was reared. Very few of the “old-timers” who made their livings off the land or the railroad are alive. The new crop of residents are retirees, factory workers, or coal miners who drive to Moundsville or beyond for their livelihoods.

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