Wheeling WV History

Map

Marvelous Maps of Wheeling

Can you find the coolest/weirdest/strangest detail on a map? Hint: You have to look closely...it’s all in the details. A map’s secrets depend on when the map was drawn, who made the map, and why the map was ...
Schmulbach Gate

Henry Episode 6 Recap: The Schmulbach Legacy

What is the legacy of Henry Schmulbach? Over the course of the recaps for “Henry: The Life and Legacy of Wheeling’s Most Notorious Brewer,” many aspects of Henry Schmulbach’s effect on Wheeling have been explor...

Henry Episode 4 Recap: Wide Open Wheeling

Throughout the episodes of “Henry: The Life and Legacy of Wheeling’s Most Notorious Brewer,” we’ve learned about the history of Henry Schmulbach and in doing so, gained a sense of who he was. Like most people, ...
Nurses

Solving History’s Mysteries: Nurses Edition

Do you recognize any of these people? These are all historic photos of Wheeling people, places, and things that need to be identified. Weelunk, Archiving Wheeling, and the Ohio County Public Library Archives ha...
Dr. Harriet B. Jones

Wheeling’s Historic Female Doctors

“Doctress”...“Lady Doctor”...“Girl Doctor”...These are just a few of the peculiar titles that have been given to some of the historic Wheeling women who worked as physicians. Today, most of us don’t think twice...
Madonna of the Trail

The Many Madonnas (of the Trail)

A Pioneer Woman The “Madonna of the Trail” statue on the edge of Wheeling Park along Route 40 is hard to miss. It has become an icon in Wheeling and has been featured prominently on everything from welcome sig...
Photo Identification

Help Us Solve History’s Mysteries!

A Partnership Between Weelunk, Archiving Wheeling, and the Ohio County Public Library Archives Do you recognize any of these people? These are all historic photos of Wheeling people, places, and things that ...
Blue Triangle

The Blue Triangle Branch of the YWCA

The local Wheeling branch of the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) is well-known around the city for its services and impact on people’s lives. However, for over three decades between 1921 and 1956, Wh...
Chu Berry

Wheeling’s Jazz Giant: Leon “Chu” Berry

Wheeling has a reputation for being a country music hub. So much so that along the way the city earned the nickname “Little Nashville.” I grew up two doors down from Wheeling’s country music legends Doc and Chi...
Wedding

The First Wheeling Wedding?

“I do hereby Certify that I have this day solemnized the Right of marriage between Mr. John McIngtur (McIntyre properly) and Miss Sarah Zane agreeable to an act of assembly in such case made and provided. Witne...
Arthur Ashe

A Tennis Giant: Arthur Ashe at Oglebay

In July 1960, Wheeling had a 16-year-old visitor to the tennis courts of Oglebay. Few knew that this young African American boy would become one of the greatest American tennis players of all time. His name was...
Camp_Russel

New Deal Projects at Oglebay Park

As a staple institution in the Wheeling community, Oglebay Park serves as a place for entertainment, recreation, history, and celebration. While many people are familiar with the history of Earl W. Oglebay and ...