Category Archives: Wheeling’s 250th Birthday Bash

BILL OF LADING – FREIGHT ON BOARD Regarding FLATBOATS, KEELBOATS, and STEAMBOATS by John Bowman

What is a steamboat “Bill of Lading”?[i] A steamboat Bill of Lading was a two-piece receipt torn from a bound book, usually kept at the Wharfboat office that listed the goods received by a steamboat agent one copy of which was given to the carrier of the goods and one copy was given to the […]

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The WHEELING – LOUISVILLE ‘UNION LINE’ WHEELING’S 1853 STEAMBOAT PACKET LINE by John Bowman

The WHEELING – LOUISVILLE ‘UNION LINE’ Daily served the cities of Wheeling, Cincinnati, Louisville, and St. Louis. Ohio River Steamboat Transportation Companies Headquartered in Wheeling, Virginia (West Virginia) The Wheeling Daily Intelligencer March 11, 1853 UNION LINE! Daily Steam Packet Service to the cities of Wheeling, Cincinnati, Louisville, and St. Louis. S.C. Baker & Co. […]

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OHIO RIVER TOWBOAT COMPANIES HEADQUARTERED AT WHEELING by John Bowman

WHEELING’S OHIO RIVER TRANSPORTATION COMPANIES Armstrong brothers, John A. and Robert P. of Wheeling, West Virginia in 1871, went into the towboat business hauling crossties for the B&O Railroad and coal from the mines at Wegee Creek, Ohio.  In 1875, three other Armstrong brothers joined the business, William H., Walter M., and Charles L.  These […]

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STEAMBOAT UNIFORMS and CAPS CATALOG No. 701

STEAMBOAT UNIFORMS and CAPS 1921 Catalog No. 701 from the John Bowman collection THE CINCINNATI REGALIA CO. Textile Building Fourth and Elm Streets CINCINNATI, OHIO A 12 page Catalog of Popular Uniform Designs for Discerning Rivermen This CINCINNATI REGALIA CO. catalog states they offer: INDIVIDUAL SERVICE “We will furnish special designs to meet individual requirements, […]

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WHEELING RETAIL GROCERS 1820 – 1920 by John Bowman

Today, Wheeling has Kroger and a Riesbeck’s Food Market, Sav-A-Lot, and a few convenient Convenience Stores where one buys groceries.  Maybe today, that is enough stores to fill the need, but it wasn’t always so.  A timely trend may be that you make your order from one of these stores and it will be delivered […]

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WHEELING ICE MAKING AND ICEBOXES by John Bowman

A listing for Ice in Wheeling finds ‘Louis Niebergall Ice Co., Inc.’ 4419 Eoff Street, Wheeling, WV.  Over 100 years ago, in 1894, there was a listing: Louis Niebergall manufacturers “Pure Crystal Ice” at 4400 Water Street, Wheeling.  The Ice plant has a capacity of 25 tons per day. We know we can find Ice […]

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WHEELING’S FIRST TELEPHONE 1879 by John Bowman

The TELEPHONE, A device nearly everyone everyday has in their hand, but this was the first telephone in Wheeling, West Virginia. In 1879, a telephone line connecting two telephones was strung between the H.F. Behrens Co. grocery store at 2217 Market Street and their warehouse at 2219 Market Street.  The novel invention, then just three […]

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WHEELING STEEL CORP. TOWBOAT FLEET by John Bowman

WHEELING STEEL CORP. – WHEELING-PITTSBURG STEEL CORP. WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA WHEELING STEEL & IRON CO. was formed by the consolidation of the Benwood, Belmont and Top Mills, and was incorporated April 16, 1892 as the Wheeling Steel Works.  Wheeling Steel’s plants in Wheeling in the early 1900s were the La Belle Works at Thirty-First Street, […]

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STEAMBOAT STACKS LOWERED FOR THE WHEELING SUSPENSION BRIDGE by John Bowman

The River Coal or River Combine (R.C.) 1894 Coal Towboat Valiant down bound at Wheeling has just cleared the Wheeling Suspension Bridge, and the Steel Bridge with lowered stacks.  In this, a second photo, the River Combine (R.C.) 1880 Coal Towboat Iron Age down bound at Wheeling has just cleared the Wheeling Suspension Bridge, and […]

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HOW WHEELING WEST VIRGINIA GOT ITS NAME by John Bowman

HOW DID WHEELING WEST VIRGINIA GET ITS NAME? In the late summer of 1769, brothers Silas, Jonathan, and Ebenezer Zane left Red Stone Old Fort Pennsylvania, and traveled over a path, well known to frontier scouts, Indian traders and Indians alike, and made claim to land that would one day become Wheeling.[1]  Delf Norona, a […]

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