JOHN BOWMAN

Author, Historian, (West Virginia History Hero) And Steamboat Model Builder......... The steamer “City of Wheeling” and the "Crockard & Booth Steamboat Agents" Wharfboat sitting at Wheeling's Wharf September 2, 1900

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Wheeling Steamboat History and other Wheeling Historical Articles by JOHN BOWMAN

2220 Market Street Wheeling Fremder-Treiber House

In 1868, Edward Fremder a painter-glazer and recent émigré; along with his wife Anna Marie and mother Louisa Fremder from the Hessian area of Germany, built this two-story, four-room brick house on a lot Edward had purchased from the Caldwell’s in 1866.  The rather unique separated front entries accommodated privacy for two families.  Edward’s mother […]

ROPE MAKING AND ROPEWALK IN WHEELING, WV by John Bowman 2018

One of the offshoots of boat building ‘Wheeling’s First Major Industry’ was the need for rope, and much rope was needed for the boat trade.  Circa 1802 is the earliest mention of rope making in Wheeling.  Michael Graham employed a few young men manufacturing rope at his ‘ropewalk’ (rope manufactory) listed as along Wheeling Creek.  […]

WHEELING, WV STREET NAMES; HISTORIC (1815) STREET NAMES & CURRENT (1873) STREET NAMES by John Bowman 2018

Listed are Wheeling’s First Streets and for whom or what they were named.  This fit Wheeling greatly for nearly half a century and then the following happened.  In July of 1873, the City of Wheeling renamed its streets at a great cost to Wheeling businesses.  Some named streets became numbered streets, and numbered streets were […]

WHEELING MANUFACTURED PAPER AND TURNED IT INTO LEATHER ‘LEATHEROID’ INVENTED IN WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA by John Bowman 2018

WHEELING MANUFACTURED PAPER AND TURNED IT INTO LEATHER ‘LEATHEROID’ INVENTED IN WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA by John Bowman 2018 Shelves of books with their Leather Binding’s look great but you just know that many of the books bindings aren’t really leather. Faux leather book bindings, and artificial leather that we find covering many products are manufactured […]

BOAT BUILDING WHEELING’S FIRST MAJOR INDUSTRY Book by John Bowman

BOAT BUILDING WHEELING’S FIRST MAJOR INDUSTRY With Early WHEELING History Including Maps of Streets, Businesses and Dwellings CELEBRATING WHEELING’S 250th ANNIVERSARY Book by John Bowman $19.95 Available on Amazon.com Books, and at Wheeling’s ‘Artisan Center’. The Zane Brothers Founded Wheeling in 1769. A full and complete history of this is chronicled in the first part […]

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA’S First Official TOWN ‘CLOCK and BELL’

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA’S First Official TOWN ‘CLOCK and BELL’ John Bowman 2018. Source: Bowman, John “Bills of Lading Freight on Board Wheeling West Virginia” 2012 Wheeling, WV page 152, And…WHERE IS THE “CLOCK and BELL” NOW? CLOCK History: In 1835, the first official Town ‘Clock‘ of the city of Wheeling, Virginia (West Virginia) was placed […]

“BONNIE BELMONT” Book by Judge John S. (Salisbury) Cochran,1907 with history by John Bowman 2017

I believe this is a picture you will never see anywhere else…all three “BONNIE BELMONT” Editions together in one photo.   “BONNIE BELMONT A Historical Romance of the Days of Slavery and the Civil War” Cochran, Judge John S. 1907, Wheeling, W. VA. Press of Wheeling News Lithograph Co. BONNIE BELMONT is perhaps is the […]

The “BATTLE OF BELMONT” Civil War Steamboat History by John Bowman

The “BATTLE OF BELMONT”, General U.S. Grant’s first CIVIL WAR Battle. Civil War Steamboat History by John Bowman November 7, 1861, in the Civil War’s “Battle of Belmont”, the following episode got quite a bit of notice (bad press). The Timberclads USS Tyler and USS Lexington escorted steamboat transports ferrying three thousand Federal troops to […]

SISTERSVILLE FERRYBOAT HISTORY by John Bowman

SISTERSVILLE FERRYBOAT HISTORY by John Bowman The Ohio Historical Highway Marker at the Fly Landing tells us that the Sistersville Ferry was in operation in 1815, other local histories tell us the Sistersville1 ferry was established in 1817. This we know for sure, January 28, 1818 the General Assembly of Virginia passed an act granting […]

CENTRE MARKET HISTORY WHEELING WV originally Wheeling’s FIFTH WARD MARKET History and photos by John Bowman

CENTRE MARKET WHEELING WV originally Wheeling’s FIFTH WARD MARKET History and photos by John Bowman Excerpts from booklet: CENTRE MARKET EVER CHANGING by John and Glinda Bowman Wheeling, WV 2013 CENTRE MARKET’S, Fifth Ward Market Houses Architect Thomas Pope designed the 1853 ‘Upper Market House’ building in the ‘Greek Revival’ style. The building, with a […]