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

Wheeling -- “a pretty considerable Village”

Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail

 
 
Wheeling -- "a pretty considerable Village" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 30, 2013
1. Wheeling -- "a pretty considerable Village" Marker
Inscription. "this was a considerable Village contains about fifty houses...it is situated on the east side of the river on an elevated bank; the landing is good, just below the town and on the side big Wheeling creek emtys itself into the Ohio..." -- Meriwether Lewis, September 7, 1803.

In the fall of 1803, Captain Meriwether Lewis traveled down the Ohio River to meet Captain William Clark in Louisville, Kentucky. Along the way, he stopped here (now Wheeling West Virginia) to collect rifles and ammunition shipped overland from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

In the fall, the Corps of Discovery traveled to St. Louis, Missouri and established a winter fort. In the spring, they began their trek up the Missouri River searching for an all-water route to the Pacific Ocean. After the three-year arduous expedition, they reached the Pacific Ocean in 1806. The amazing details of the journey were meticulously recorded in journals kept by Lewis and Clark.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
 
Location. 40° 4.049′ N, 80° 43.48′ W. Marker is in Wheeling, West Virginia, in Ohio County. Marker can be reached from Wheeling Heritage Trail. Touch for map. Marker is along the Wheeling Heritage
Wheeling -- "a pretty considerable Village" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 30, 2013
2. Wheeling -- "a pretty considerable Village" Marker
Trail just north of 12th 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. Wheeling Wharf (here, next to this marker); Congressional Medal of Honor (within shouting distance of this marker); In Memoriam (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pennsylvania Depot (about 500 feet away); The Siege of Fort Henry (about 600 feet away); Fort Henry (about 600 feet away); Washington Hall (about 600 feet away); Wheeling Post No. 1 (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wheeling.
 
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The Keelboat image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 30, 2013
3. The Keelboat
Artist Gary Lucy depicts the Corps of Discovery with the keelboat. It was constructed in Pennsylvania and floated down the Ohio River.
Close-up of image on marker
Gary Lucy
Captain Meriwether Lewis image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 30, 2013
4. Captain Meriwether Lewis
Captain Meriwether Lewis, co-Captain of the Corps of Discovery, was a personal secretary of President Thomas Jefferson before the expedition.
Close-up of image on marker
National Park Service
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 4, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 364 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 4, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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