Logan West Virginia Walking Tour
This short walking tour will include several historic buildings and other landmarks in downtown Logan.
Logan County, West Virginia, is home to one of America's most romantic legends: the story of Princess Aracoma Sky Cornflower Cornstalk and her white lover, Boling Baker. Their story began in Logan County—known as “The Islands” to the Shawnee people—more than 200 years ago when Boling was taken captive by the Shawnee Tribe. Aracoma Sky Cornflower Cornstalk asked her father, Chief Cornstalk, to spare the British soldier’s life; they were wed, uniting the Native and white settler culture in that region. Aracoma was born in 1740 and died in 1780 during the “Battle of the Islands.” A memorial to Princess Aracoma may be found outside the Logan County Courthouse. Every year, The Aracoma Story, Inc. hosts a theatrical re-telling of the lovers’ story, which is housed at the Liz Spurlock Amphitheatre in Logan.
This is the site of JFKs speech in downtown Logan, WV. As a Democratic presidential candidate, he came here many different times on his way to winning the WV primary in 1960.
WVOW Radio, owned and operated by the Logan Broadcasting Corporation Inc., has been in operation for over 60 years. It was the second radio station to be in Logan. The first was WLOG, which went bankrupt in the 1990s. The radio station was founded by former governor Clarence Meadows; Chauncey Browning, Sr., who was to become West Virginia's attorney general; and Logan county business man Grover Combs. WVOW has been a staple in the coalfields of Southern West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky since its inception. Notable alumni from WVOW include: Doc Thompson, guest host for Glenn Beck on the Glenn Beck Radio Program; and Jack Harris from WFLA Radio in Tampa Bay, Florida.
The Honaker Funeral Home was formerly known as the Harris Funeral Home. The funeral home has been in business at this location since September 6, 1931. The funeral home is located on Main street next to WVOW radio station. The original owner of Harris Funeral Home was Bruce Harris. He was one of Logan's first undertakers. He had the task of preparing the body of Mamie Thurman after her murder in June 1932. The funeral home is still in business in the original building.
Possibly the oldest religious institution in the coalfields, Nighbert Memorial United Methodist Church continues to be a thriving congregation of Christian believers. The church not only conducts services throughout the week, but also serves community dinners once a week for whosoever shall come.
Originally built as the Logan Train Depot, the city of Logan's City Hall has a rich history. Today, it also houses the City of Logan Police Department and Fire Department.