After spending the past few days exploring the countryside of Western New York, Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania, I decided that this week's Throwback Thursday would pay homage to an August 2004 trip that I made to the Keystone State. I had taken PA 28 on my way northeast from Pittsburgh and encountered a bunch of old signage along the way from Pittsburgh to Kittanning. The aging, button copy signs have since been replaced. This particular example is on PA 28 northbound at the Blawnox exit, near Aspinwall and Blawnox. It even looks like the Exit 9 may have been tacked on the sign as an afterthought.
Great news for those that enjoy National Parks, West Virginia's New River Gorge Region, or West Virginia tourism. Included within the Fiscal Year 2021 Omnibus Appropriations Bill signed by President Trump last night (December 27th) is the New River Gorge Park and Preserve Designation Act. The act will designate the existing New River National River and over 72,000 acres of land within it as a National Park and Preserve. The New River Gorge Bridge will continue to be the centerpiece of the new New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. (Adam Prince, 2007) The river and surrounding land, which was added to the National Park System in 1978, will be our 63rd National Park. The designation preserves over 7,000 acres as a National Park. This area will not allow any hunting. The remaining 65,000 acres of the existing park will be designated as a preserve allowing hunting and fishing. The main attractions to the New River Gorge - whitewater rafting, camping, hiking, mountain bikin