Wheeling Island Beyond Marketing January 19, 2021 Wheeling Island, initially called Zane’s Island, is the most populated island on the Ohio River. Located directly across from North Wheeling and Downtown, the Island sits in between West Virginia and Bridgeport, Ohio. When the groundbreaking Wheeling Suspension Bridge was completed in 1849, it became much more accessible and desirable to live on the Island. Some of the richest and most well-known Wheeling residents built large Victorian-style houses on the banks of the river that still stand to this day. While the Island has been threatened by historic floods in the past, it became a part of life and residents raised their houses onto higher foundations.