THE MOUNTAIN AND GAP
Mark Bowman 16
About a half mile west of our school lies a most beautiful range of
mountains. It is a part of the Alleghany System. The north fork of the Shenandoah River
breaks through this mountain about a mile from here.
The part of the mountain lying on the north side of the river is
called Little North Mountain, because it is north of the river. The part on the south is
called Turley Mountain. It was named after one of the old settlers of this section.
These two mountains do not look as if they were formed in the same
way. The one on the north is almost level in its outline. The part on the south looks like
a fluted ruffle. It seems to have not as much timber on it and larger rocks.
Where the river breaks through there is a large ledge of rocks on
the north side. This is called the Gap Rock. There are here and there a pine tree growing
on this rock. You wonder how they can grow there for there is nothing but rocks all
around. At the base of this rock is the state road. This has a wall on the side next to
the river, the space only being the width of the road between the rock and the river.
The history of how the Gap got its name may be of some
interest. It was named after the English General Brock who was sent from Winchester in
1758 to relieve Ft. Seybert W. Va. from an attack made by the Indian Chief Killbuck. He
camped both going and coming just inside the Gap. Before this time it was known as West
The United States government has made a survey and it is reported is
contemplating building a dam across the river at [ ] The purpose of this is to form a lake
of the country to the west a.....serve water supply for the city of ....hington.
The scenery here is beautiful and people come from a distance to see
it. Not more than a quarter of a mile from here is the noted Chimney Rock. These have been
mentioned among Virginias natural curiosities.