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Heroic Nina Paden ferry won many hearts in service

The Nina Paden docks at Belpre, Ohio. Parkersburg, with its tall courthouse tower, lines the Ohio River in the background.
The Nina Paden and its skipper wheeled beyond the call of duty in ferrying the Ohio River at Parkersburg, West Virginia. Of all the...

Epidemic victims may rest on New River's Island of the Dead

Headstones hide in the dim light of wooded Red Ash Island in the New River Gorge.
Victims of an epidemic that swept through the New River Gorge in the late 1800s may have been buried in a remote cemetery on...

UBB Mine Disaster Memorial has helped some heal

UBB Memorial at Whitesville
All it took was a spark to ignite an explosion that sent hurricane-force winds tearing through mines beneath the mountains near Montcoal in southern...

Historic Antietam maps donated to Shepherd Civil War center

Dr. James Broomall and Monica Lingenfelter flank a map with Bill and Bonnie Stubblefield.
Maps donated to the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War will give researchers in the Battle of Antietam a...

West Virginia mountains kept 1830 cholera epidemic at bay

A steamboat docks at Wheeling, then Virginia, in the 1830s.
Residents of the mountain counties of West Virginia have traditionally weathered the ravages of communicable diseases with some success. Far from the maddening crowds,...

Civil War-era mystery of Burning Springs remains unsolved

Visitors gather at Burning Springs Park.
Curious motorists traveling the valley of the Little Kanawha River southwest of Parkersburg may or may not stop at Burning Springs. Here a defunct...

Untangling the tale of frontier heroine Mary Draper Ingles

Mary Draper Ingles is immortalized in bronze at Radford, Virginia.
The tale of Mary Draper Ingles—of her escape from Shawnee captors and her return through the mountains—is in many senses the ideal American frontier...

Historic Nuttalburg mine, ghost town may be accessible soon

The Nuttalburg tipple greets visitors to a remote corner of the New River Gorge National River.
Access to one of the most important mining heritage sites in the U.S. will reopen again soon, though officials have no timeline for restoration...

Many early almanacs printed out of Wheeling, West Virginia

Farmers converse near old Fort Henry at Wheeling, c. 1777.
Thanks to the Internet, almanacs aren't printed as they once were, but in West Virginia, where communications were hampered by the mountains, they were...

How the Tug Fork in southern West Virginia got its name

Tugs, such as those for which the Tug Fork in West Virginia was named, are stripped from animal hides.
Of all the placenames associated with West Virginia, that of the Tug Fork of the Big Sandy River in southern West Virginia may be...

Wheeling in the 1820s was proposed as new U.S. capital

There was a time when Wheeling was being proposed as the location for a new capital of the U.S. At the junction of the...

Grant funding available for coal heritage projects

Map of the National Coal Heritage Area
The National Coal Heritage Area Authority is seeking proposals for funding for projects that support community efforts to interpret, preserve, and promote coal heritage...

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