Category Archives: Wheeling’s 250th Birthday Bash

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 […]

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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 […]

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WHEELING’S MAIN STREET COVERED BRIDGE 1816-1832 Wheeling’s First Bridge

WHEELING’S MAIN STREET COVERED BRIDGE 1816-1832 Wheeling’s first bridge At Wheeling, Virginia (West Virginia) in the winter of 1815-1816, while the steamboat Washington, then under construction, awaited its steam machinery from Brownsville, Pennsylvania, its builder, Henry Miller Shreve had George White, White’s Lead Carpenter Samuel Wait, and their carpenters build a covered bridge. This was […]

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WHEELING’S “FORT RANDOLPH” U.S. Troop Garrison 1794-1815 Wheeling’s Other Fort

“FORT RANDOLPH” U.S. TROOP GARRISON 1794-1815 WHEELING’S OTHER FORT by John Bowman Wheeling’s “Fort Randolph” was named for Edmund Jennings Randolph, a highly respected Virginian who served as an aide-de-camp to General George Washington in 1775 and was elected to the Virginia Convention of 1776. He was Virginia’s first Attorney General and Mayor of the […]

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Steamboat Stamp WASHINGTON

STEAMBOAT WASHNGTON 1816 STAMP ISSUED MAR 3, 1989 In 1929, Garnett Laidlaw Eskew writes of Wheeling, West Virginia on page 32 in his critically acclaimed book, ‘The Pageant of the Packets, A Book of American Steamboating’: “We wonder if Wheeling knows she is the birthplace of the American steamboat. Is Midland America aware that it is […]

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WHEELING BUILT STEAMBOATS the Washington

Washington Henry Miller Shreve’s 1815 stern-wheel steam-powered Washington, built on the North bank of Wheeling Creek was the first steamboat built in Wheeling, Virginia. The Washington was one hundred and thirty-four feet in length and twenty-eight feet in width with two decks, the first double-decker steamboat. Washington had two high-pressure steam engines, the first on […]

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WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA’S BOAT YARD HISTORY

Wheeling’s Boat Yard History by John Bowman September 2016 In 1815-1816, the James Patton and James Palmer boat yards watched Henry Miller Shreve’s progress as he built Wheeling’s first steamboat, the steamboat Washington. North Wheeling’s Boat Yards The James Pemberton boat yard. In 1815, James Pemberton opened the first boat yard In North Wheeling, and […]

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STEAMBOAT MODELS by John Bowman

See: STEAMBOAT MODELS by John Bowman on YouTube. John’s authentic scale model replicas of Steamboats, and other boats built in Wheeling. All of the models were built from scratch, no kits and no plans. The models were built from available histories and photos. John’s models were built to look as they did when they were […]

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Pirogue

WHEELING WEST VIRGINIA’S FIRST MAJOR INDUSTRY BOAT BUILDING An 1803 Pirogue Lewis and Clarke Corps of Discovery 1803 PIROGUE Model by John Bowman “Pirogue”: defined as a large canoe employing a sail, French, from Spanish piragua, a Caribbean dugout canoe hollowed from logs. Many Pirogues were built in Wheeling in the 1700s and early 1800s. “Meriwether […]

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Keelboat

WHEELING WEST VIRGINIA’S FIRST MAJOR INDUSTRY BOAT BUILDING The Lewis and Clarke Corps of Discovery 1803 KEELBOAT Model by John Bowman “Keelboats”, using sails, oars and pike poles were the only large riverboats that had the means of locomotion that could propel them up-stream against the current. These boats were also referred to as “Kentucky” […]

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