Category Archives: Steamboat WASHINGTON

“Wheeling the Birthplace of the American Steamboat”

“Wheeling the Birthplace of the American Steamboat”John Bowman $14.95 Available on Amazon.com Books. This book documents the history of steamboat building in Wheeling from 1815 through 1900. Beginning with Henry M. Shreve’s Washington built at Wheeling, Virginia in 1815 and launched May 12, 1816. It is little known that Wheeling is considered the birthplace of […]

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Wheeling Historical Highway Marker

WHEELING HAS A NEW HISTORICAL HIGHWAY MARKER By John Bowman 2015 Riverboat historians consider Wheeling the “Birthplace of the American Steamboat”, and this new West Virginia Historical Highway Marker recently installed at Sixteenth and Main Streets commemorates that fact. The marker is provided by John Bowman with support from the Wheeling National Heritage Area Corporation. […]

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