The LaBelle Iron Works, a national historic landmark in Wheeling, West Virginia, in Ohio County, has been destroyed since the publication of this article.
Opened in 1852, the works, which became Wheeling-LaBelle Cut Nails, produced quality cut nails from American steel. It supplied tons of authentic cut nails each year for preservation and restoration projects and for use in heavy industry. Its Industrial Italianate brick buildings housed vintage nail production equipment.
Producers in Wheeling, West Virginia, dominated the nation’s cut nail industry through the turn of the 20th century. LaBelle is the only surviving cut-nail producer in West Virginia.
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