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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.Since settlers first arrived in the 1700s, Wheeling and the surrounding area have accumulated a wealth of history. The Ohio County Public Library houses a substantial collection of material related to this 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 vast assortment of other materials perserving our area's unique and diverse heritage.

GETTING STARTED: Comprehensive histories of Wheeling
Video Icon History of Wheeling: WATCH ▶ Dr. David Javersak presents a nine-part video series on the history of Wheeling
PDF Icon History of Wheeling: READ ▶ PDF files of early Wheeling histories

Archives And Special Collections Button ▶ Photographic collections
▶ Postcards
▶ Maps
▶ OCPL archival collection indexes
 ...and more
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▶ Genealogical resources
▶ Local & regional history books
▶ City directories
▶ Family histories
 ...and more
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People of Wheeling Button ▶ Wheeling biographies
▶ The Wheeling Memory Project (video interviews)
▶City Ethnicities
  ...and more
Places of Wheeling Button
▶ Architecture
▶ Landmarks
▶ Businesses
▶ Churches, Cemeteries & Schools
 ...and more
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Transportation in Wheeling Button ▶ Riverboats
▶ Railroads
▶ Bridges
▶ National Road
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Events in Wheeling Button
▶ Statehood
▶ Floods & other disasters
▶ Wheeling at War
▶ The Arts
▶ Sports & Recreation
 ...and more
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The materials on this website may be freely used by non-commercial entities for educational and/or research purposes as long as credit is given to the Ohio County Public Library, Wheeling WV. Content within these pages cannot be reproduced in any format for profit or other presentation without the permission of The Ohio County Public Library. To obtain permission to publish these images, contact us through our Ask a Librarian form.

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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Wheeling WV 26003
Phone: 304-232-0244
Fax: 304-232-6848

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