Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Tales from Bolt Mountian

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Tales from Bolt Mountian

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Crossing W.Va. 99, both over and through Bolt Mountain, is not for the faint of heart. First paved in the mid-1960s, the steeply sloped route serves both coal truck drivers and local residents of parts of Raleigh, Wyoming and Boone counties. Bolt's rugged terrain and sharp inclines are legendary among its travelers, as are its unusual weather patterns. Drivers have reported snow in the summer, violent winds that can push a small vehicle off the road and fog ... always the fog, year-round.

Now-deceased truck driver Walter Fitzpatrick often spoke of having a friend stand on the front bumper of his coal truck with a flashlight to help him navigate through the thick fog on the mountain.

And where there is fog, there are often strange sightings and, yes, ghost stories. Black bear and wild boar are known to roam the mountain, but there has also been talk of a Bolt Mountain Monster and of the cat-like shrieks that can be heard in the small communities below. …

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