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Parkersburg in Wood County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Early Parkersburg

Court Square

 
 
Early Parkersburg Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 13, 2014
1. Early Parkersburg Marker
Inscription. In 1773, Robert Thornton claimed 1400 acres encompassing today's downtown Parkersburg, but sold it ten years later to Captain Alexander Parker, for whom the town was later named. The first permanent settler was Captain James Neal who erected a blockhouse in 1785. By 1800, the village had grown to a number of log cabins, a store and a tavern and was called Newport. In 1810, the town was laid out and from then on was known by its present name. Parkersburg has experienced several boom periods starting first with oil in the early 1860s. Later prosperity came from a thriving timber industry and from being a military center during the Civil War. The scene at the left was Court Square, just a few blocks from here, in the early 1900s.
 
Location. 39° 15.948′ N, 81° 33.966′ W. Marker is in Parkersburg, West Virginia, in Wood County. Marker is on Little Kanawa Connector. Touch for map. The marker is located in Blennerhassett Point Park. Marker is in this post office area: Parkersburg WV 26101, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Railroads (here, next to this marker); Blennerhassett Island (here, next to this marker); The Point (here, next to this marker); Historic Blennerhassett Hotel
Early Parkersburg Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 13, 2014
2. Early Parkersburg Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Women of Courage (within shouting distance of this marker); Escape to Freedom (within shouting distance of this marker); Vital Transportation Center (within shouting distance of this marker); W.H. Smith Hardward Co (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Parkersburg.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Early Parkersburg Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 13, 2014
3. Early Parkersburg Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 9, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 245 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 9, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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