Wheeling in Ohio County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
How The Zoo Grew
Honoring the Memory of Philip Mayer Good
The spirit of a young boy who lived in Wheeling, and who died too soon, inspired this facility that is unique in scope and purpose. After the death of their oldest son, seven-year old Philip Mayer Good in 1971, the Laurence F. Good family pledged a substantial gift in his memory for the creation of a zoo at Oglebay. During his short lifetime, Philip created a special loving relationship with his family special and unique because the bonds transcended what his parents, Barbara and Larry, hoped or dreamed could ever be.
Energized by the enthusiasm of the Good family, the zoo concept caught on immediately. Thousands of contributions poured in, some in the form of pennies collected by school children. Because of this interest, the original ten-acre site was changed to a thirty-two acre wooded site between Camp Russel and the Wheeling Country Club property. With this change, the Good Zoo grew even before the first spade of dirt was turned.
In August 1972, Joy and Paul Good, brothers of Philip, presided over the ground-breaking and became the founding members of the Good Zoo Friends with a contribution they had saved
It is the wish of park officials and Good Zoo staff that all who visit this special place with their loved ones and friends will sense the close relationship that existed between Philip and his family by finding their own joy and happiness through a renewed appreciation for all the world's creatures.
Erected by The Good Zoo at Oglebay Park.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Charity & Public Work • Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical month for this entry is August 1972.
Location. 40° 5.757′ N, 80° 39.977′ W. Marker is in Wheeling, West Virginia, in Ohio County. Marker is on Zoo Circle, 0.2 miles south of Waddington Drive, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 432 Zoo Cir, 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. Central Chinese Goral (within shouting distance of this marker); Llama (within shouting distance of this marker); Saanen Goat and Nigerian Dwarf GoatAlpaca (within shouting distance of this marker); Boer and Nubian Goats (within shouting distance of this marker); Species Survival Plan (within shouting distance of this marker); Snow Leopard (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Eastern Box Turtle (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wheeling.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 24, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 24, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 93 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 24, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.