West Virginia

WEST VIRGINIA OFFICIAL MAPS

Notes:

Many of the early maps were detour maps, used to show motorists the roads that were under construction, issued several times throughout the year. Monthly issued maps from late 1934 through 1942 each have different cover designs.

The 1934 A and 1939 A maps were issued for the World’s Fairs (Chicago and New York).

The 1946 map is titled “A Vacation Guide to West Virginia Featuring the Official 1946 West Virginia Highway Map” It is not yet known whether a separate 1946 official map exists. Similar “Vacation Guides” also exist for other years, where a separate official map also was issued.

The second variety of the 1961 map was likely issued in 1962, before the new maps were ready.

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Last updated: 2/27/18 (meg)

West Virginia Maps:
1922; reported by PC
1928; dtd cvr, lgnd (Jun); bw txt cvr with st seal; 3.75 x 8.25
1929; dtd cvr; same as 1928 exc “1928” lined out and “1929” overprinted on cvr
      [2 known versions: {lgnd (Jan)}, {lgnd (Aug)}]
1930; dtd cvr, lgnd (Aug); otherwise same as 1928
1931; dtd cvr; otherwise same as 1928
      [3 known versions: {lgnd (May)}, {lgnd (Jul)}, {lgnd (Sept)}]
1932; dtd cvr; otherwise same as 1928
      [2 known versions: {Jun}, {Dec} and 2 reported versions: {Apr}, {Aug} and rest of months presumed]
1933; dtd cvr; otherwise same as 1928
      [3 known versions: {May}, {Jul}, {Sep} and 1 reported version: {Oct} and rest of months presumed]
1934 A; dtd cvr; bw txt cvr with st seal, Century of Progress edition; 3.75 x 8.25
      [2 known versions: { }, {“Charleston, W. Va.” below the note at bottom of cover}]
1934 B; dtd cvr; bw txt cvr with st seal; 3.75 x 8.25
      [4 known versions: {May}, {Jul}, {Aug}, {Sep}, {Oct} and 2 reported versions: {Apr}, {Jun}
      and Jan through Mar presumed]
1934 C; dtd cvr (Nov); bw photo of mtns; 3.75 x 8.25
1934 D; dtd cvr (Dec); bw photo of bridge over river; 3.75 x 8.25
1935 A; dtd cvr (Jan); bw photo of waterfall in winter; 3.75 x 8.25
1935 B; dtd cvr (Feb); bw photo “On the Seneca Trail”; 3.75 x 8.25
1935 C; dtd cvr (Mar); bw photo “On New U.S. 220 in the South Branch Valley”; 3.75 x 8.25
1935 D; dtd cvr (Apr); bw photo of man fishing with green txt; 3.75 x 8.25
1935 E; dtd cvr (May); bw photo “Overlooking Potomac River at Great Cacapon” with green txt; 3.75 x 8.25
1935 F; dtd cvr (Jun); bw photo “Laurel Mountain, U.S. 50, Looking West” with green txt; 3.75 x 8.25
1935 G; dtd cvr (Jul); green tint bw photo of hilly farmland; 3.75 x 8.25
1935 H; dtd cvr (Aug); bw photo of coal; 3.75 x 8.25
1935 I; dtd cvr (Sep); clrzd photo “Blackwater Canyon”; 3.75 x 8.25
1935 J; dtd cvr (Oct); bw photo of hunter & dog; 3.75 x 8.25
1935 K; dtd cvr (Nov); bw photo “President’s home at West Virginia University, Morgantown”; 3.75 x 8.25
1935 L; dtd cvr (Dec); bw photo “Duck Hawk Rock on U.S. Route 220”; 3.75 x 8.25
1936 A; reported by PC (Jan)
1936 B; dtd cvr (Feb); bw photo of waterfall, “Close to State Route 41”; 3.75 x 8.25
1936 C; dtd cvr (Mar); bw photo of “The Switzerland of America”; 3.75 x 8.25
1936 D; reported by PC (Apr)
1936 E; dtd cvr (May); clr dwg “Rhododendron…”; 4.5 x 9.75
1936 F; dtd cvr (Jun); dwg of “West Virginia State Flag”; 4.5 x 9.75
1936 G; dtd cvr (Jul); bw photo of “Hill and stream combine to make WV beautiful”; 4.5 x 9.75
1936 H; dtd cvr (Aug); “On U.S. 40, Wheeling, West Virginia”; 4.5 x 9.75
1936 I; reported by PC (Sep)
1936 J; dtd cvr (Oct); bw photo of apples “Reddening in the Autumn Sunshine”; 4.5 x 9.75
1936 K; presumed Nov issue
1936 L; dtd cvr (Dec); bw photo “A winter scene…”; 4.5 x 9.75
1937 A; presumed Jan issue
1937 B; dtd cvr (Feb); “West Virginia—The Land of Mountains”; 4.5 x 9.75
1937 C; dtd cvr (Mar); “Entrance to Smoke Hole in Pendleton County”; 4.5 x 9.75
1937 D; dtd cvr (Apr); “North Fork of the South Branch of the beautiful Potomac”; 4.5 x 9.75
1937 E; dtd cvr (May); green tint bw photo “Mountain Laurel in Allegheny Mountain”; 4.5 x 9.75
1937 F; reported by PC (dtd cvr (Jun); photo of dirt road in forest)
1937 G; dtd cvr (Jul); “An unusual view of Blackwater Falls”; 4.5 x 9.75
1937 H; dtd cvr (Aug); clrzd photo of porch “…the home of Bushrod Corbin Washington…”; 4.5 x 9.75
1937 I; dtd cvr (Sep); brown & white photo of river “The south Branch of the Potomac…”; 4.5 x 9.75
1937 J; dtd cvr (Oct); brown & white photo of farmland “When the warm sunshine of October…”; 4.5 x 9.75
1937 K; dtd cvr (Nov); clrzd photo “Drawing flat glass directly from the molten mass”; 4.5 x 9.75
1937 L; dtd cvr (Dec); clrzd photo of snowy trees and “Snow” poem; 4.5 x 9.75
1938 A; dtd cvr (Jan); bw photo of mountains and “Modern hard-surfaced highways…”; 4.5 x 9.75
1938 B; dtd cvr (Feb); clrzd photo “Statue of General… Stonewall Jackson… 4.5 x 9.75
1938 C; dtd cvr (Mar); clrzd photo of statue “…The Madonna of the Trail…”; 4.5 x 9.75
1938 D; dtd cvr (Apr); clr painting “General Andrew Lewis…”; 4.5 x 9.75
1938 E; dtd cvr (May); clrzd photo of apple blossoms; 4.5 x 9.75
1938 F; dtd cvr (Jun); green tint bw photo of Rhododendrons; 4.5 x 9.75
1938 G; dtd cvr (Jul); green tint bw photo “…Cheat River in Tucker County”; 4.5 x 9.75
1938 H; dtd cvr (Aug); bw photo of horse drawn plow; 4.5 x 9.75
1938 I; dtd cvr (Sep); clrzd photo of hunting dog; 4.5 x 9.75
1938 J; dtd cvr (Oct); brown & yellow drawing of traffic signs; 4.5 x 9.75
1938 K; dtd cvr (Nov); clrzd photo of statue of John Marshall; 4.5 x 9.75
1938 L; dtd cvr (Dec); clr photo of snowy trees “…White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia”; 4.5 x 9.75
1939 A; dtd cvr; clrzd photo of rural rd thru mtns, “World’s Fair Edition”; 4.5 x 9.75
1939 B; dtd cvr (Jan); clrzd photo “View taken from U.S. 119 south of Morgantown…”; 4.5 x 9.75
1939 C; presumed Feb issue
1939 D; dtd cvr (Mar); clrzd photo of Rhododendrons; 4.5 x 9.75
1939 E; presumed Apr issue
1939 F; presumed May issue
1939 G; dtd cvr (Jun); clrzd photo “Elk River from State Route 15”; 4.5 x 9.75
1939 H; dtd cvr (Jul); clrzd photo “The Tygart River…”; 4.5 x 9.75
1939 I; dtd cvr (Aug); clrzd photo of stone obelisk “At Point Pleasant…”; 4.5 x 9.75
1939 J; reported by PC (dtd cvr (Sep); 15 traffic signs with explanations)
1939 K; dtd cvr (Oct); clr dwg of gold flowers and “Autumn” poem; 4.5 x 9.75
1939 L; dtd cvr (Nov); clrzd photo of river below forested hills; 4.5 x 9.75
1939 M; dtd cvr (Dec); clrzd photo of snowy trees; 4.5 x 9.75
1940 A; dtd cvr (Jan); clrzd photo “State Route 32 through Canaan Valley…”; 4.5 x 9.75
1940 B; dtd cvr (Feb); clrzd photo “Twilight on the Kanawha”; 4.5 x 9.75
1940 C; dtd cvr (Mar); clrzd photo of boy fishing “A great Sport for All Ages”; 4.5 x 9.75
1940 D; dtd cvr (Apr); clr dwg “Dogwood – Spruce”; 4.5 x 9.75
1940 E; dtd cvr (May); clrzd photo “On secondary road in Fayette County…”; 4.5 x 9.75
1940 F; dtd cvr (Jun); clr dwg “The Third Annual Rhododendron Festival…”; 4.5 x 9.75
1940 G; dtd cvr (Jul); clrzd photo “Bluefield Country Club golf course”; 4.5 x 9.75
1940 H; dtd cvr (Aug); clrzd photo “Twilight scene, a rhapsody in clouds”; 4.5 x 9.75
1940 I; dtd cvr (Sep); clr dwg of State Road Commission Safety Award; 4.5 x 9.75
1940 J; dtd cvr (Oct); clrzd photo of man with foxhounds; 4.5 x 9.75
1940 K; dtd cvr (Nov); clr dwg of US flag with poem “Who made the flag?”; 4.5 x 9.75
1940 L; dtd cvr (Dec); clr dwg of candles “Christmas Greetings”; 4.5 x 9.75
1941 A; dtd cvr (Jan); clrzd photo “Entrance to Martin Hall, West Virginia University”; 4.5 x 9.75
1941 B; dtd cvr (Mar-Apr); clrzd photo “Chemistry Building… West Virginia University”; 4.5 x 9.75
1941 C; dtd cvr (May-Jun); clrzd photo “The James River and Kanawha Turnpike…”; 4.5 x 9.75
1941 D; dtd cvr (Jul-Aug); clrzd photo “This picture of Gauley River…”; 4.5 x 9.75
1941 E; dtd cvr (Sep-Oct); clrzd photo “New River Gorge…”; 4.5 x 9.75
1941 F; dtd cvr (Nov-Dec); clrzd photo “Mountain Streams such as Mill Creek…”; 4.5 x 9.75
1942 A; dtd cvr (Jan-Feb); clrzd photo of policeman showing map to motorist; 4.5 x 9.75
1942 B; dtd cvr (Apr-May-Jun); clrzd photo “U.S. 60 west of St. Albans…”; 4.5 x 9.75
1942 C; dtd cvr (Jul-Aug-Sep); clrzd photo “The towering mass of Pinnacle Rock…” 4.5 x 9.75
1942 D; dtd cvr (Oct-Nov-Dec); clr dwg “Major Sam McCulloch…”; 4.5 x 9.75
1943; dtd cvr; clr photo of parade with flags; 4.5 x 9.75
1944; dtd cvr (Jul 1); clr photo of “South Charleston Overpass”; 4.5 x 9.75
1945 A; dtd cvr (1944) with (Jan 1, 1945) added inside; otherwise same as 1944
1945 B; dtd cvr; clr photo “Recent completion of State Route 20 in Wetzel county…”; 4.5 x 9.75
1946; dtd cvr; clr photo “View from Hawks Nest On U. S. 60…” (ci); 6 x 9.5
1947; dtd cvr; collage of clr dwgs of sporting activities; 4.5 x 9.75
1948; dtd cvr; clr aerial photo “Charleston and South Charleston”; 4.5 x 9.75
1949; dtd cvr; clr photo “North Entrance, State Capitol, Charleston” (ci); 4.5 x 9.75
1950; dtd cvr; clr photo “…Bluestone Reservoir…” (ci); 4.5 x 9.75
1951; dtd cvr; clr photo “…The Great Kanawha Valley…” (ci); 4.5 x 9.75
1952; dtd cvr; clr photo “…The Canaan Valley…” (ci); 4.5 x 9.75
1953; dtd cvr; clr aerial photo “West Virginia’s beautiful capitol buildings in Charleston…” (ci); 4.5 x 9.75
1954; dtd cvr; clr photo “…man-made lake…three miles west of Spruce Knob…” (ci); 4.5 x 9.75
1955; dtd cvr; clr aerial photo “West Virginia’s beautiful capitol buildings in Charleston…” (ci); 4.5 x 9.75
1956; dtd cvr; clr photo “…steel arch structure connecting Wheeling and Wheeling Island” (ci); 4.5 x 9.75
1957; dtd cvr; clr photo “…Bluestone Dam…” (ci); 4.5 x 9.75
1958; dtd cvr; yellow border at top & white border at btm, otherwise same as 1955
1959; dtd cvr; red borders, otherwise same as 1955
1960; dtd cvr; black borders, otherwise same as 1955
1961; dtd cvr; clr photo “Beautiful Blackwater Falls…” (ci); 4.25 x 9.5
      [2 known versions: { }, {”There’s more to see in ’63” logo instead of date}]
1962; dtd cvr; clr photo of freeway; 3.75 x 9.5
1963; dtd cvr; clr photo of st cptl, “Beautiful Parking Circle…”; 3.75 x 9.5
1964; dtd cvr; clr aerial photo “U. S. 60 Belle By-Pass”; 3.75 x 9.5
1965; dtd cvr; clr photo “…Interstate 64 Kanawha River bridge near Nitro” (ci); 3.75 x 9.5
1966-67; dtd cvr; clr photo “Interstate 64, along the Guyandotte River near Huntington” (ci); 3.75 x 9.5
1967-68; dtd cvr; clr photo “Overlook at Hawks Nest State Park” (ci); 3.75 x 9.5
1968-69; dtd cvr; 3 clr photos (river, people on sled, divided hwy); 3.75 x 9.5
      [2 known versions: { }, {Sticker with Gov. Arch Moore over back cover}
1970 A; dtd lgnd; clr photo of mtns & trees; 3.75 x 9.25
1970 B; dtd lgnd; clr photo of people in cave entrance; 3.75 x 9.25
1971; dtd lgnd; otherwise same as 1970 B
1972; dtd lgnd; clr photo of st cptl bldg at night; 3.75 x 9.25
1973; dtd lgnd; clr photo of st cptl bldg at night (closer than 1972); 3.75 x 9.25
1974; dtd lgnd; clr aerial photo of town in mtns; 3.75 x 9.25
1976; dtd lgnd; clr photo of bronze statue of frontiersman; 3.75 x 9.75
1978; dtd lgnd; 7 brown and gold dwgs (hwy signs, car, etc.); 3.75 x 9.75
1980; dtd lgnd; clr photo of cars on bridge; 3.75 x 9.75
1983-84; dtd lgnd; clr photo of divided hwy in wooded hills; 3.75 x 9.75
1986-87; dtd lgnd; clr photo of man in river fishing; 3.75 x 9.75
1988-89; dtd lgnd; clr photo of woman enjoying beverage; 3.75 x 9.75
1990-91; dtd lgnd; clr photo of long, straight rd thru trees; 3.75 x 9.75
1992-93; dtd cvr; clr photo of trees and flowers in front of st cptl bldg; 4.25 x 8.5
1994-96; dtd cvr; clr photo of river in mtns in autumn; 4.25 x 8.5
1998-99; dtd cvr; clr photo of old mill & waterfall; 4.25 x 8.5
1999-2000; dtd cvr; otherwise same as 1998-99
2000; dtd cvr; otherwise same as 1998-99 w/West Virginia Courtesy Patrol peel off label on bk cvr
2001; dtd cvr; clr photo of river in mtns in autumn; 4.25 x 8.5
2002; dtd cvr; 3 sm clr photos (waterfall, balloons, bridge) and lg cliff photo; 4.25 x 8.5
      [2 known versions: { }, “Fred VanKirk, Sec. of Trans./Comm. of Hwys.” btm bk cvr}]
2003-04; dtd cvr; 4 sm clr photos (bikers, golfers, hikers, skiers) and lg river photo; 4.25 x 8.5
2004-05; dtd cvr; 4 sm clr photos (boy, hiker, woman, hikers) and lg family photo; 4.25 x 8.5
2005-06; dtd cvr; 3 sm clr photos (skier, waterfalls, biker) and lg family camping photo; 4.25 x 8.5
2006-07; dtd cvr; 4 clr photos (rafters, bicyclists, motorcyclists, family by campfire); 4.25 x 8.5
2008-09; dtd cvr; 4 clr photos (bridges, city, motorcyclists); 4.25 x 8.5
2011-12; dtd cvr; clr photo of hwy through hills; 4.25 x 8.5