Tag Archives: Wheeling WV

All We Need Is Love: A Project of the Ohio Valley Young Preservationists

Driving through downtown Wheeling, it can be easy to overlook the old buildings that flank each side of Main and Market streets. Motorists are more likely to focus on traffic lights or be too busy searching for a place to park. With the decline of pedestrian walking and downtown shopping opportunities, the truth is that people just do not spend much time walking around—much less looking at—the buildings in downtown Wheeling. In many cases, people who have spent their entire lives in Wheeling may not have ever appreciated the architecture and environment of our downtown.

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Last of the packet boats

Probably the most famous boat ever built at Clarington, OH was the Liberty, being the last in the line of packet boats of that name (a packet boat is generally described as a steam boat for conveying cargo, mail, and passengers on a regular schedule.) Way’s Packet Directory 1848-1994 lists an earlier Liberty built in […]

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Lying on quilts, on the grass, in a summer evening

Listen to Eleanor Steber sing intro to ‘Knoxville:Summer of 1915′ She was the most celebrated American soprano of the 1940s and 1950s. She went on from there to become head of the voice department at the Cleveland Institute of Music from 1963 to 1972, to teach at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, […]

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A Wheeling bellhop rises to hotel greatness

From a 13-year-old bellhop at Wheeling, WV’s McLure House to a business giant and multimillionaire—Ellsworth Milton Statler, virtually without benefit of formal education, climbed to the pinnacle of the hotel business. In 1950 he was proclaimed by his industry as the person who had contributed most to the science of inn-keeping and was hailed as […]

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