The Origination of Timberline

The early history of Timberline began in 1971. David Downs, in his late 20s, was learning to ski and in the process visited the Canaan Valley State Park’s new ski area. He came to not only like skiing there but respected the natural beauty of the Valley. David was working out of Petersburg, WV in the land development business, often partnering with James “Buck” Geary, a Petersburg lawyer. Geary likewise skied at the State Park and knew the Valley well. A colleague of both and World War I veteran, Edward Winters, was searching the area for gas and oil drilling properties. He told David of a 1720-acre tract that had become available in Canaan Valley and that it would border on the proposed power company lake. David and a “silent partner,” Clay Morris, out of Washington, DC created Allegheny Properties to buy and develop the land. They teamed up with “Buck” Geary to obtain the property and begin the development......

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