Here are some pictures of the rock carvings found on the south-western side of the New River at Gauley Bridge, WV. These carvings (some call them petroglyphs) can be found at an area known as “Catfish Heaven.” The area can only be reached by boat, railroad tracks or by walking across a railroad trestle that crosses the New.
The first carving is known locally as “the mariner” and is relatively easy to find.
The second carving is known as “the family crest” and is in a more remote location. Moss has grown over most of it but I’ve heard that it reads “Italia” and “1897.”
Rumor has it that the carvings were created by Italian stone workers in the 1890’s while cutting stone for the railroad trestle. I have yet to substantiate these rumors but would love any additional information that anyone might have. If you know anything about these carvings, please comment and share the information.
If you don’t know anything about them or the New River, hopefully you will find this interesting as it is a great bit of West Virginia history.