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Wheeling in Ohio County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Pennsylvania Depot

Access to the Prosperous East

 
 
Pennsylvania Depot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 30, 2013
1. Pennsylvania Depot Marker
Inscription. The mighty Pennsylvania Railroad rolled into Wheeling on February 24, 1878. It provided access north to Pittsburgh and south to Parkersburg for Wheeling's industrial products. It also enabled Wheeling's farmers and manufacturers to increase trade with the East. Many of Wheeling's young men waved goodbye to their mothers and sweethearts for the last time from the Water Street depot before going off to World War I and World War II.
 
Location. 40° 4.124′ N, 80° 43.481′ W. Marker is in Wheeling, West Virginia, in Ohio County. Marker can be reached from Wheeling Heritage Trail. Click for map. Marker is on the Wheeling Heritage Trail behind (west of) 1063 Main Street. Marker is in this post office area: Wheeling WV 26003, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Memoriam (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Henry (within shouting distance of this marker); Congressional Medal of Honor (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort Henry (within shouting distance of this marker); The Siege of Fort Henry (within shouting distance of this marker); Wheeling Wharf
Pennsylvania Depot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 30, 2013
2. Pennsylvania Depot Marker
(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wheeling Suspension Bridge (about 400 feet away); Wheeling -- "a pretty considerable Village" (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Wheeling.
 
Categories. DisastersRailroads & Streetcars
 
Pennsylvania Depot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 30, 2013
3. Pennsylvania Depot Marker
Pennsylvania Depot image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 30, 2013
4. Pennsylvania Depot
❶ In 1846, a group of merchants from Philadelphia created the Pennsylvania Railroad in hopes of creating a 249-mile trunk rout from Philly to Pittsburgh. The rails stretched 11,000 miles across the Allegheny Mountains and through New York, Wheeling, Chicago, and St. Louis. At its height, the Pennsylvania Railroad was the world's largest with 250,000 cares and 7,000 locomotives. By the middle of the 20th century, the Pennsylvania Railroad was the largest transportation enterprise in the United States.
Competition for the B & O image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 30, 2013
5. Competition for the B & O
❷ The old Pennsylvania passenger and freight station was located on Water Street at 11th Street. The Pennsylvania line to Wheeling was important because the valuable Ohio Valley trade had formerly been monopolized by the B & O Railroad. In 1883, the Pennsylvania Railroad added a four mile extension from Wheeling to the profitable iron works at Benwood.
1907 Flood image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 30, 2013
6. 1907 Flood
❸ This was one of the worst to hit Wheeling. Reaching a height of 50.1 feet, it caused a number of deaths by drowning and fire. This passenger train was caught at the station in the fast rising waters and could not move. The passengers on board were removed and put up in the local hotels until the flood receded, and a new train was brought in.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 280 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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