View Full Version : Two 1909 Wheeling, WV skyline photos

Nov 16, 2006, 2:10 AM
1909 photos showing the city's density and the surrounding hills of West Virginia and Ohio.

Here is a little bit about Wheeling for those who don't know much about my city. This is from the Wheeling City government page.


The City of Wheeling encompasses approximately 11.2 square miles of land and is located along the Ohio River between Ohio and Pennsylvania in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. The City lies approximately 60 miles southwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and over half of the country’s population is within a five hundred mile radius. This is due to Interstate 70, a major east-west route, running through the City. It connects with Interstate 79, thirty-two miles east of Wheeling, and Interstate 77, fifty miles west. The Wheeling-Ohio County Airport located just less than twelve miles from downtown also serves the City as well as the Greater Pittsburgh International Airport, just less than an hour’s drive from Wheeling.

More Wheeling Facts – Did You Know?

Founded in 1769.

Incorporated in 1836.

Elevation is 687 feet above sea level.

Population is 31,400 (2000 Data).

Climate temperatures range from an average of 72.7° Fahrenheit in the summer to an average of 29.3° Fahrenheit in the winter. Average annual rainfall is 36" and snowfall is also 36".

Wheeling is the largest city in the Wheeling-Belmont County (Ohio) Metropolitan Statistical Area that includes Ohio and Marshall Counties, WV and Belmont County, OH.


Colonel Ebenezer Zane founded Wheeling in 1769. The town grew up around Fort Henry, which was built by Captain Crawford and a company of men from Fort Dunmore, Virginia, in 1774. By the early 1880’s, trade along the Ohio River made Wheeling, Virginia a popular frontier town. National Road, the nation’s first roadway, was created by an act of Congress and reached Wheeling in 1818 from Cumberland, Maryland. National Road was the most important avenue of commerce and, as such, Wheeling became known as the "gateway to the west."

Wheeling was established as a town in 1795 and incorporated in 1836 through a Charter granted by the Virginia Assembly. Wheeling was loyal to the Federal Government during the Civil War and the State of West Virginia was born here. The first convention of the delegated from the loyal counties of northwestern Virginia met in Wheeling on May 13, 1861 and inaugurated the movement which finally resulted in the admission of West Virginia into the Union as a state on June 20, 1863. Wheeling, West Virginia was the capital of the newly formed state from 1863 to 1870 when it was moved to Charleston. In 1875, the seat of the government was brought back to Wheeling and remained until 1885, again being transferred to Charleston where it has since remained.

In the last decades of the 19th century, iron and steel mills developed on the banks of the Ohio River. Other industries thrived, too, including glass works and cigar factories. In particular, the manufacture of cut iron nails became a major element of Wheeling’s economy and Wheeling became known as the "nail capital of the world."

Through an active industrial economy and large working population, Wheeling became the richest city per capita in America at the end of the 19th century. This is evident in the City’s grand architecture of the beautiful mansions which stand today as a testimony to the earlier time of wealth.

Nov 16, 2006, 2:16 AM
Good stuff. Looks like it had the potential to become a big city. I like the detail in that 2nd pic. Thanks.

Nov 16, 2006, 2:26 AM
^ Thanks Ex-Ith.:tup:

Suburban Lou
Nov 16, 2006, 2:56 AM
When and what was Wheeling's peek pop?

btw Thanks for the great panos.

Nov 16, 2006, 3:04 AM
^I am glad you like those panos.;)

The peak population was 61,659 in 1930. The population in 1940 was virtually the same though at 61,099. The current population estimate as of 2005 has the population of the city at 29,639.

The population of the metro area is 148,677 as of 2005 (estimate).

Nov 16, 2006, 3:09 AM
Here is a more current photo of Wheeling from 1970 courtesy of emporis.


Here is another skyline shot from 2002.


Nov 16, 2006, 3:19 AM
awesome finds... Wheeling looks massive in those shots

Wheeling is one of my favorite cities...

Wheeling skyline 2006:

Looks like this church had a different, pointier steeple back in 1909 (see left side of 2nd image)

Nov 16, 2006, 2:22 PM
There is something about Wheeling, isn't there? Excellent old pics.

Nov 16, 2006, 3:07 PM
Gimme more of that Wheeling Feeling!

Nov 16, 2006, 3:30 PM
Nice pictures. Wheeling has got to be one of the best little cities in the US (and there are a lot of good ones).

Nov 17, 2006, 1:55 AM
Great pix, everyone... this one is neat... a special event?


Nov 17, 2006, 8:18 AM
^ I think that was the Sternwheeler Festival.

Nov 17, 2006, 2:41 PM
Where did you get those panos?

Nov 17, 2006, 2:55 PM
^ Hero, I'm not sure if this is where he got them, but there are a ton of old city panos at this site:


Give it a try.:)

James Bond Agent 007
Nov 18, 2006, 2:53 AM
Gimme more of that Wheeling Feeling!
Damn you beat me to it.

Nov 18, 2006, 9:04 AM
Where did you get those panos?

Here: http://cgi.ebay.com/Wheeling-WV-Skyline-Photo-1909-PF_W0QQitemZ170048375405QQcmdZViewItem

Nov 21, 2006, 12:54 PM
Here is a good photo of the whole skyline:

A Wheeling rowhouse

Wheeling Suspension Bridge (completed in 1849)

Nov 23, 2006, 5:12 AM

Dec 17, 2006, 10:13 PM
I was in wheeling last month, and it was in bad shape.

Dec 18, 2006, 6:20 AM
^ Yes it is in pretty bad shape because the economy is so bad in this area. It is also too small of a city to have a lot of political sway and it's tough to get a lot of federal money. If we were a little bit larger we might be doing better. The state really only cares about Charleston and Huntington. Personally I would like to live in a more vibrant city and metro area.