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Ice's Ferry at intersection of Cheat and Mont Chateau Roads

"In 1767, Frederick Ice established one of the first settlements in Western Virginia at this location" on County Rte 857 in Cheat Lake, part of the metropolitan area of Morgantown, West Virginia. "Ice built a gristmill and operated a ferry across Cheat River, and soon the community became known as 'Ices Ferry.'" The village expanded rapidly in the nineteenth century, largely due to the presence of an ironworks. When the ironworks closed, the community of Ices Ferry withered away and the population shrank rapidly following the end of the iron industry. Though the village was abandoned, the site of Ices Ferry remained the best places to cross the Cheat River and so the name Ices Ferry remained. A steel truss bridge was constructed in 1922 and spanned the water until it was demolished and replaced in 2012. Two historical markers are associated with Ices Ferry, though the town is no longer extant," [sic] according to the Clio.com. The I-68 bridge is in the background of this photo, which was taken on February 23, 2024.

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"In 1767, Frederick Ice established one of the first settlements in Western Virginia at this location" on County Rte 857 in Cheat Lake, part of the metropolitan area of Morgantown, West Virginia. "Ice built a gristmill and operated a ferry across Cheat River, and soon the community became known as 'Ices Ferry.'" The village expanded rapidly in the nineteenth century, largely due to the presence of an ironworks. When the ironworks closed, the community of Ices Ferry withered away and the population shrank rapidly following the end of the iron industry. Though the village was abandoned, the site of Ices Ferry remained the best places to cross the Cheat River and so the name Ices Ferry remained. A steel truss bridge was constructed in 1922 and spanned the water until it was demolished and replaced in 2012. Two historical markers are associated with Ices Ferry, though the town is no longer extant," [sic] according to the Clio.com. The I-68 bridge is in the background of this photo, which was taken on February 23, 2024.