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Princeton, WV

#1 Aug 26, 2011
The wagon wheel is back home where it belongs...hell to the yeah!!! Way to go WCHS !!!
nightmare over

Bluefield, WV

#2 Aug 26, 2011
the nightmare of last season's win-less fiasco appears to be over with WCHS's crushing defeat of the hapless Richwood Lumberjacks; i find it interesting that at least three of the key players from the basketball team are now likewise key players on the football team; good luck on the rest of the season
over zealous hillbilly

Princeton, WV

#3 Aug 27, 2011
Stupid! you are a hick town backwoods football team. Not an nfl or pro by any means. Who cares. One win does not mean you will be winners in life.
what a loser

Bluefield, WV

#4 Aug 27, 2011
over zealous hillbilly wrote:
Stupid! you are a hick town backwoods football team. Not an nfl or pro by any means. Who cares. One win does not mean you will be winners in life.
at least they won't be a loser like you the rest of your pitiful life
over zealous hillbilly

Princeton, WV

#5 Aug 27, 2011
Yes they will. I was there and look at me know. Anyone born and raised here for sure has been cursed by God for our sins of incest.Yes rejoice now, cause there will be hell and an eternal lake of fire for all of us. This propagada has been sponcored by the church of the sooner day devils.
WHY

Oakvale, WV

#6 Aug 27, 2011
Why is the symbol of these two schools rivalry a "wagon wheel"? I wanted to know how it became the almighty trophy.
BECAUSE

Summersville, WV

#7 Aug 28, 2011
It all started many, many years ago back in the mid 1800's when the main road through this part of West Virginia was little more than a wagon trail through the woods. At that time it wasn't uncommon for towns in this area to exchange goods kind of like neighbors do now. Kind of like asking your neighbor if he will trade you a dozen eggs for a gallon of milk, if you have the cow and your neighbor has the chickens then you both possess the means to help the other one so you trade back and forth and establish commerce with your neighbor.

This was the way it was between town at that time and for years after the feud began Camden-on-Gauley had a mill at the foot of the hill where Brothers of the Wheel's club house sits today. They floated logs down to the mill from the logging camps up at the head of Gauley Mills and had a constant supply of lumber. Richwood had lumber as well, in fact that was how Richwood got it's name from all the rich hardwoods that at one time stood on all the hillsides around the town but Richwood lumber companies exported more lumber out of the area than they sold locally because the mill owners could make more money off of it by sending it out of the area so there was little available lumber for citizens there around town to purchase. Webster County had several mills as well but most of the mill owners sold their lumber locally simply because they could sell it quickly to mine operators and people building houses locally in response to the economic boom that had came into the area at that time. Webster however had one need that no one locally could meet. Wagon wheels were a precious item in that day and time, they were the equivalent to the modern day tire and people knew without them they could go nowhere. At that time a family lived in Richwood who made and sold wagon wheels. Making wagon wheels in that day was a tough trade, it required a lot of time and effort because they lacked the tools to simply cut them out of wood so they had to be bent, shaped and steel had to be fastened to their running surfaces. Somehow word got to Richwood that Webster County was in need of a wagon wheel manufacturer so the old man who with his three sons made the wheels that were sold around Richwood made the journey to Camden and met with the mill's owners and struck a deal to supply them with wagon wheels to sell in the area for a profit if the mill would supply him with green lumber to sell around Richwood. The deal was sealed with a handshake (which in those days was as binding as a signature and the trading begun)
For a year or two this swapping of goods back and forth went well then one week the mill at Camden sent a shipment of lumber to Richwood and when the delivery man returned he had no wagon wheels on his wagon to sell. He explained to the mill owners that the old man in Richwood said that the lumber that had been sent was full of knots and was split and rotted in places so he'd take it and try to sell it but he wasn't giving up any of his hard produced wagon wheels for it. This infuriated the mill owners and and they sent a message to Richwood challenging all comers to a football game to be played in Cowen one year and Richwood the next and so on and so on and the winner would get the wagon wheels and the lumber and each year after that the winner would give up their items to the other for the entire year pending the outcome of the game each fall. The old man agreed and gathered his sons and nephews and a few boys from town and they made the trip over to Cowen and played the first game for the lumber and the wagon wheel in the mid 1800's. Camden won the first couple of years they played and got to keep all the wagon wheels and didn't have to give up any lumber for several years. Then Richwood won a couple of years and kept their wagon wheels and got the lumber free of charge from Camden.
With the passage of time the mill and the wheel maker faded and the game became more symbolic.
BECAUSE

Summersville, WV

#8 Aug 28, 2011
I meant to say, "the loser would give up their items," there toward the end of my entry. It's late so I guess I'm entitled to a typo or two.
Oh yeah

Princeton, WV

#9 Aug 29, 2011
Lmao, I created a post similar to this one on Richwoods site and some puss had it removed. It wasn't even a bad post, but I guess they were ashamed to let it be known that they lost the wheel. Sheesh, get over it.
bubba blaster

Princeton, WV

#10 Aug 29, 2011
A wagon wheel are you for real! All this over a useless wagon wheel how simple are you people over that way?
Oh yeah

Princeton, WV

#11 Aug 29, 2011
bubba blaster wrote:
A wagon wheel are you for real! All this over a useless wagon wheel how simple are you people over that way?
It is a trophy for them, so shut up.
WHY

Oakvale, WV

#12 Aug 29, 2011
@ because,

Thanks for the explanation. It is nice to know the history of the ritual...
Go Highlanders

Lerona, WV

#13 Aug 29, 2011
Go Team!!
foriegn man

Princeton, WV

#14 Aug 29, 2011
Go where? why you tell team to go away. I dont understand?You americans are simple. In my country only professional sport are idolized. Like soccer.
Go away

Summersville, WV

#15 Aug 29, 2011
Go far far away to your foriegn land you foreign man. Use your head to kick a ball around. humm
roll em

Summersville, WV

#16 Aug 29, 2011
roll em roll em roll em keep that soccer head rollin'
BECAUSE

Summersville, WV

#17 Sep 1, 2011
That story I submitted up there is a complete and total pile of bullshit. I made it up, I just wanted to get a laugh and thought maybe a few other people would get a laugh out of it. I have absolutely no idea where the tradition of playing Richwood for the wagon wheel originated but it has definitely become an institution in these parts so regardless of it's origin, the wagon wheel game is here to stay. I must say however, it was so nice to sit up in the stands last Friday night and watch our Highlanders kick the dogshit out of the Lumberjack-offs. Those people from Richwood really showed their asses up here a few years ago when they won the wheel back then after the game tried to get into Highlander gym and take the wheel off of the wall that night. I seem to remember law enforcement having to be called to intervene because there was nearly a fight over it. What a bunch of hicks! EAT SHIT RICHWOOD and enjoy the bare spot on the wall of the Woodshed for the next year at least and probably a few years after that if you guys can't put up any better of a challenge than you did last Friday night. GO HIGHLANDERS!!!! WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!
WHY

Oakvale, WV

#18 Sep 1, 2011
Well that sucks. I wanted to know how the tradition started. It is good that Webster won the game.

But who knows how this thing started? And what is the real symbolic reason for a wagon wheel. No one seems to know.
hope this helps you

Summersville, WV

#19 Sep 1, 2011
WHY wrote:
Well that sucks. I wanted to know how the tradition started. It is good that Webster won the game.
But who knows how this thing started? And what is the real symbolic reason for a wagon wheel. No one seems to know.
ask sam given or his mom Mr bob Given started it in the late 1980s i dont remember the story,but it was my 1st or 2nd year in high school when it started.I hope it will help you.I wish i could tell you the story but like I said it was in the late 80s and Mr.Give is the one that came up with it.you might check with Mr.Dean it think he was the coach then.I hope this helps
WHY

Oakvale, WV

#20 Sep 1, 2011
Thanks. I will see what I can find out.

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