<strong>John Samsell is a retired copy editor\/special editions editor for the Dominion Post.<\/strong>\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s good that a WVU crew is contemplating giving attention to the Earl Core Arboretum. It is a unique preservation of a hillside section of trees and other plants marked for viewers interested in some of the state\u2019s plant life.\r\n\r\nDr. Core was instrumental in identifying and preserving not only plants but writing about historic West Virginia history, primarily about Monongalia County. His five-volume \u201cThe Monongalia Story\u201d preserves history through the mid-1970s during the county\u2019s 200th birthday.\r\n\r\nHis area of study was botany and beyond. His efforts to preserve plant life should be carried on.\r\n\r\nSome of the area\u2019s historic locations should be preserved as well. For instance the WVU downtown campus dates from 1867,\r\n\r\n151 years for the oldest building, Martin Hall, which had the clock tower.\r\n\r\nNow, Woodburn Hall and the clock tower watching over the noted Woodburn Circle.\r\n\r\nNot in any order, other points of historic interest include the clock tower overlooking the Monongalia County Courthouse Square, a sign of justice for more than a century.\r\n\r\nTo the south of town is Dorsey\u2019s Knob, Native Americans\u2019 Sky Rock and a landmark for pioneers. It once overlooked a fort at the bottom of the mountain. A federal penitentiary is near the fort\u2019s location, according to old-timers who remember seeing remnants of the fort. The Dorsey family once owned much of that land.\r\n\r\nAnother prime visitors\u2019 location is Cooper\u2019s Rock State Forest, off W.Va.-68 east. It includes paths through the woods, one leading about a mile downhill to remains of a Henry Clay Iron Furnace. The cooper for which the forest was named had a business of making barrel staves, hence a cooper.\r\n\r\nThe other side of the I-68 exit is Chestnut Ridge Park and various visitors\u2019 attractions. WVU owns a part of the area for forestry classes.\r\n\r\nLet\u2019s head back toward town and stop at the Seneca Center, a replica of the glass industry that was also in full operation from 1900 through that 1980s. The area originally was the Town of Seneca, with residences and businesses that now has mostly student residences.\r\n\r\nUp a hill on Campus Drive is where the Town of Sunnyside existed with stores, bars and homes. There also was a bridge to the downtown campus. The \u201cloop\u201d that now follows the original roadway and street car route has more student and faculty housing.\r\n\r\nWe bypassed the WVU Coliseum, now 48 years old, for basketball and other sports. Nearby is a new basketball practice facility, with separate facilities for men and women. Also in that area are facilities for gymnastics, wrestling, swimming, tennis, rifle and track.\r\n\r\nIn addition to a regulation soccer stadium is a women\u2019s soccer practice field.\r\n\r\nThe new Mountaineer Field, Milan Puskar Stadium, and the College of Law Building are on a section of land that once had a nine-hole golf course and the vast Morgantown Country Club. When the club closed, much of the members opened The Pines golf facility north on Point Marion Road.\r\n\r\nBeginning in the late 1950s, new University Hospitals were begun and have grown by leaps and bounds, after Morgantown was chosen over Charleston for WVU medical facilities.\r\n\r\nAlmost overlooked but not least of our meanderings about the area\u2019s history is the Scotts Run Memorial area. For more than a century was the coal industry\u2019s place in our history. Still operating are the Scotts Run Neighborhood House and the Miners\u2019 Memorial, helping people the best they can.\r\n\r\nNever an end.