Wheeling in Ohio County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Erected 1916 by Trade Union Members of United States.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Labor Unions.
Location. 40° 4.36′ N, 80° 43.521′ W. Marker is in Wheeling, West Virginia, in Ohio County. Marker is at the intersection of Interstate 70 and Main Street (State Route 2), on the right when traveling west on Interstate 70. Marker is near the Main Street on-ramp to I-70 westbound, about 200 feet east of the Ohio River. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wheeling WV 26003, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. List House (within shouting distance of this marker); Marsh Wheeling Stogies (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wheeling (about 400 feet away); Wheeling Suspension Bridge - 1849 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wheeling Suspension Bridge Slave Auction Block (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Wheeling Suspension Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Henry (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wheeling.
Regarding Augustus Pollack. The monument commemorates Augustus Pollack. Born in Germany in 1830, Pollack immigrated to Baltimore in 1849, and moved to West Virginia in 1854. After the Civil War, he founded the Cigar and Tobacco Factory and the Crown Stogie Company in East Wheeling. Pollack was one of the city's leading businessmen and civic leaders, and was especially active in affairs of the communities' large German speaking population. He was known as a model employer and was a friend of organized labor, often called upon to settle disputes. In his will, he bequested scholarship funds to support a student from the "industrial" population. He died in April 1906.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 28, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 18, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,611 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 18, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.