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Commission endorses two National Scenic Byway grants

May 22, 2009|By TRISH RUDDER

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The Washington Heritage Trail received the Berkeley County Commission's endorsement Thursday for two National Scenic Byway grants totaling $378,650.

A $231,450 grant will be used for the Washington Heritage Trail Orientation DVD, said Jim Castleman, executive director of the Washington Heritage Trail. The DVD, which will introduce visitors to the trail, will be shown in the Caperton Station Orientation Gallery, he said.

The other grant for $147,200 will go toward a preservation project for the Washington Heritage Trail's Miller Tower. The tower is the last working human-operated switching railroad tower in the U.S. and was moved to the Roundhouse Center in 2001 from Cherry Run, W.Va.

"We need to attract people to downtown," Castleman said. "We have an excellent history of that tower from people who worked there."

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Castleman said after the tower is restored, the trail board will apply for historic landmark status.

"We want to make it a landmark," Washington Heritage Trail President Kim Reid said.

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