New Creek

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New Creek at Keyser, West Virginia in 1996

New Creek is an 18.4-mile-long (29.6 km)[1] stream in eastern West Virginia in the United States. It is the third major West Virginia tributary to the North Branch Potomac River. Via the Potomac, it is part of the watershed of Chesapeake Bay.

Course[edit]

New Creek rises on New Creek Mountain in northern Grant County and flows generally northeastwardly through western Mineral County, past the community of New Creek. It joins the North Branch of the Potomac at the city of Keyser.

History[edit]

As part of a boundary dispute between Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron and the English Privy Council concerning the Northern Neck proprietorship, a complete survey of the territory was ordered. The exacting task of tracing the course of the Potomac River to its headspring was undertaken by William Mayo and Robert Brooke acting for the Crown, and Benjamin Winslow and John Savage acting for Lord Fairfax. During the expedition the group traveled upstream on the north bank of the North Branch Potomac River. Upon their return on the south bank of the river, they found a creek missed on the upstream trek. They made it on their map as "New Creek."

Tributaries[edit]

Tributary Location
Thunderhill Run Cross and Water Street Keyser
Stony Run Stony Run Rd & Harley O. Staggers Drive
Parr Spring Run Mountain View Addition and US 220
Block Run Valley View Addition and US 220
Hoffman Run New Creek Firehall and WV 972
King Run New Creek, WV at WV 972
Ash Spring Run Ash Spring Run Rd and US 50

Bridges[edit]

Bridge Route Location
50/1 Bridge County Road 50/1 4 miles south of New Creek
Claysville Bridge WV 93 2 miles south of New Creek
Northwestern Turnpike Bridge US 50 New Creek
US 50 to WV 972 Right Turn Bridge WV 972 New Creek
Private Bridge Driveway New Creek
Private Bridge Driveway 1/4 mile north of New Creek
Cut Off Road Bridge US 220 1 miles north of New Creek
Spencers Bridge Fairfax Stone Quarry Road 2.5 miles south of Keyser
Wimmer Farm Bridge Wimmer Farm Road 2 miles south of Keyser
Harley O. Staggers Memorial Bridge Staggers Lane Keyser
Maryland Street Bridge Maryland Street Keyser
Willow Ave Bridge Willow Ave Keyser
Staff Sergeant Jonah Edward Kelley Bridge WV 46 Keyser
B&O Railroad B&O Main Line Keyser

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed August 15, 2011