It's been a month in the making, and I have finally finished Sirens of West Virginia & Vicinity to the extent that I possibly can with the data that's available to me! I have had the link to it in my signature for a while now, but I am giving the map its own thread as an easy way for you all to give feedback. I will not be allowing anyone else editing privileges for the map, but all suggestions are welcome. Much of the map was made with information found online that may be several years old, so if you know about anything that needs updating, please let me know!
Documenting the sirens of West Virginia has been especially fun because, aside from the Kanawha Valley and Beaver Valley systems, the sirens belong to the local fire departments, which means their models are very random and unpredictable. Before discovering each location, I had no idea what kind of siren would be there. The majority of them are Federal Signal of course, but there's plenty of Sterling, Sentry and Darley models all scattered around.
To be as accurate and include as much information as possible, I included separate markers for removed sirens even if there's a new one in its place, and I included locations where there may be a siren but I haven't confirmed it. These are in a hidden layer called "Mystery & Removed." Additionally, I included sirens outside the state line but within hearing distance or reasonable travel distance if they're of interest.
I opted for colors instead of siren picture markers in the interest of a clean look, and because I couldn't find pictures for some models (ex. Darley 3V8). The colors were inspired by the Various Sirens series but are not quite the same. They are:
- Yellow: Federal Signal
- Red: Sentry
- Purple: Sterling
- Light Blue: Darley
- Dark Blue: ACA
- Pink: Whelen
- Orange: H.O.R.
- Green: Siren present, unknown make/model
- Brown: Unsure if siren is present
- Gray: Siren removed
There are no ASC or B&N branded sirens in West Virginia (or if there is one, it's very obscure).
Here's the link!
It will also remain in my signature, as I have no plans to ever remove it.