The Bridge that could not be built until WV became a state! 

Join us at the museum as we celebrate West Virginia’s birthday (June 20) with speaking events at the museum.   During the Evening of Thursday June 20, our guest speaker David Simmons will present a slide show and detail all of the factors in building the first railroad bridge across the Ohio River.  That bridge happens to be right here between Steubenville and Weirton, and although construction started in the 1850’s, it could not be completed until West Virginia became its own state after the Civil War, seperate and free from the Virginia governmental control.  

David A. Simmons is senior editor of Echoes Magazine, a history and news journal published by the Ohio History Connection.  Previously, he directed the process for listing properties on the National Register of Historic Places in the Ohio Historic Preservation Office.  The Darke County, Ohio, native received several writing awards for excellence in industrial archaeology and serves as president of the Ohio Historic Bridge Association.  He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  His first professional job was as executive director of the Preble County Historical Society.   

Come and see David present this significant history of our Ohio Valley at 7:00 pm West VIrginia Day – Thursday, June 20. (Contact Dennis Jones at the museum for more details on this event (304-479-7266).

Also earlier that morning, Pam Makricosta will be having a science program event for the children with Folks from the Wheeling Smart Center at the museum from 10:00 til 11:30 that morning June 20.  For more information on this morning event, contact Pam at 304-670-8489.

Thanks and hope to see you at the museum


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