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Wheeling History

A 1849 engraving of the City of Wheeling from the Brown Photo Collection. To view more photos like this, visit the 'Historic Images of Wheeling' page.The Ohio County Public Library houses a substantial collection of material related to Wheeling's rich history. In addition to the collection of local and regional history books located in the Wheeling Room, the library maintains an archive of photographs, ephemera, musical recordings and a variety of other materials. On this page, we have provided some samples of the materials in the library's collection.

 Dr. David Javersak

Overview: Learn the History of Wheeling with Dr. David Javersak (video)

 Photo from the Brown Collection

Historic Images of Wheeling

 Bill Hogan

The Wheeling Memory Project


The People of Wheeling


Historic Wheeling Residences


Historic Landmarks

 Grand Opera House and Schmulbach Building, Market Street between 1900-1910.

Business and Industry in Wheeling

 Interior of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church

Historic Churches

 Oglebay Monument at Greenwood Cemetery

Wheeling Cemeteries


Wheeling Government


Wheeling Schools

 Photo of the towboat "Ironsides."

Wheeling's Transportation History

 The packet "Ben Hur" tied up on Water Street during the flood of 1891.

Ohio River Floods

 Photo from the collection of William Hogan Sr.

Wheeling at War

 Page from the phamplet "Some Interesting Facts About Wheeling"



OCPL Archives and Special Collections


Heritage Partners



Ohio County Public Library

The Ohio County Public Library serves all persons who live in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia, which includes Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel and Tyler counties. Residents in Jefferson, Belmont and Monroe counties of Ohio and Washington, Greene and Allegheny counties of Pennsylvania may also receive library services. 

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