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150th Celebration Comes to a Close

Warwood, Marshall County Hold Events

June 23, 2013

WHEELING — Dancers dressed in period attire swirled across a ballroom floor in Wheeling. Moundsville residents witnessed live Civil War-style re-enactments at Riverfront Par....

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Ragnar

Jun-23-13 9:26 AM

This is perfect, as Wheeling is still stuck in the 50s-the 1950s.

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richardwhee

Jun-23-13 11:17 AM

To celebrate is fine- To pretend you are something is not. Some in Wheeling still think we have 61,000 and still growing.

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Triton

Jun-23-13 12:05 PM

Iwa as not that long ago that liberal types would have loved a celebration, but now seem to be bitter and intolerant of anything anyone else does or says. History is important and celebrating our history is a worthwhile effort by academics, officials and local community groups and OMG..citizens too. Lot better than being angry that someone had fun and the city looked good to the rest of the state. I will see if I can squink my face up, tell the kids to stay off my lawn and see if I can work a great big purple face hate for something so benign as celebrating a historical moment. Maybe I can stay all squinty for a little while longer cuz the 4th of July is coming soon and we can hate that too. Nope, the celebration was a good thing, well done and well received. Now..you kids get off my lawn or I am calling those lazy cops that I hate too. Why the nerve of mumble mumble mumble!

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atoddh

Jun-23-13 5:01 PM

It did have a kind of pathetic last circus-like quality to it. The Legislators had a good time at the Casino which was the main beneficiary. Just with normal growth- as with the rest of the US @ 30%- Wheeling should be at over 100,000 now vs 25,000. It is a sad, sad place now of decay and negative thinking. This event was much like the Titanic orchestra playing as the ship finally went down.

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atoddh

Jun-23-13 5:03 PM

triton: Lincoln and the new State of WV was quite "liberal." Lincoln now-as Obama-would be in the left wing of the Democratic Party. Obama is- in many ways- the reincarnation of Lincoln.

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rover1958

Jun-23-13 5:50 PM

@chokingsmoker - Everyone thought Congress McKinley would have arrived dressed up as a lump of coal.

Not 'everyone' some of us thought he's arrived as a lump of something a bit less on black side and more to the brown shade.

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TrollSlayer

Jun-23-13 5:53 PM

Liar in Chief Barry Benghazi Obankrupter the "reincarnation" of Honest Abe? Seriously? Too funny.

obamalies. net

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whgfeeling

Jun-23-13 7:56 PM

had a great time. spent much time In downtown wheeling this past week. such a shame some are so jealous and full of hate they can not come and have fun. stay in your basement and just stew. best for all of us.

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VincentVega

Jun-23-13 11:48 PM

I WAS ACTUALLY A WITNESS!

Marshall County House of Delegate Members shared their eloquence; one led the crowd and the other recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Two renown Lincoln-Douglas debaters.

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atoddh

Jun-24-13 12:33 AM

wheeling: It had a kind of amateurish quality to it. Like a small town high school prom night. pathetic actually. not much sophistication. But WV is the poorest state in the US-Appalachia- so perhaps it was fitting. The guests were treated to evenings at the lush WD Casino.(relative to lets say McDowell County.)

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TrollSlayer

Jun-24-13 2:12 AM

atoddh “pathetic actually. not much sophistication.”

Nothing more hilarious than a daddy’s money Beverly Hillbilly judging the sophistication of other hillbillies. Pinky out when you’re tipping that mason jar, todd. LOL

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atoddh

Jun-24-13 6:21 AM

OK Troll: Then you did see the "hillbilly" quality to the Celebration also? It was put together largely by Henline and Morris. What would you expect?They are a couple of bumpkins who don't know any better. btw: It is grand -and great- daddy's money; and lots and lots of it.

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TrollSlayer

Jun-24-13 10:49 AM

It was a West Virginia celebration, todd. What did you expect? A royal tea party? West Virginians were simple folk back in 1863. In many ways, thankfully, they still are. The celebration was authentic. If you want royal pretentiousness go to an Obama inauguration. Jay-Z’s profanity echoing from plastic Greek columns. Classy.

Still funny when stodgy old money stuck in humble WV poo poos the “bumpkin” neighbors while waxing nostalgically about the old Jamboree USA.

And don't get too boastful about that "lots and lots of it," because as Barry Bankrupter says, "You didn't build that." LOL

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atoddh

Jun-24-13 4:03 PM

cigar: I know for a fact Randall-who is quite worldly- had very little to do with the Wheeling celebration.

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atoddh

Jun-24-13 4:11 PM

troll: The people who put the State together were actually very affluent, worldly, sophisticated and educated; not "simple folks" by any means. They were the wealthy Virginia elite of Western Virginia. Henline and Morris do not reflect this element with their working class styles and tastes.

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atoddh

Jun-24-13 4:19 PM

troll: keep in mind WV was a place of great opportunity and growth following the Civil War; Wheeling in particular. It is the opposite now: the bottom. It was noted in my great, great grandfather's obituary :during his residence in Wheeling(1848-1908) the City grew 16 fold. Wheeling is now back to early 1870's era population. The post war growth has almost entirely receded. Something is horribly wrong with the management and policies of the City and State.

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rover1958

Jun-24-13 5:29 PM

Perhaps Wheeling has lost it's way with regard to a sense of itself, it's history and it's true heros.

Over the past week I've seen articles on this site of several 'stuffed shirts' of the upper class being annointed with various awards for 'service' and such to the city.

Yet, the ONLY mention I noted to the death yesterday of Gene Freese was the daily obit notice! Perhaps I missed a lengthy article? Is his passing of no note? I remember when this native son was the darling of our press and hero of our city. The roads were crowded with our residents heading for Forbes Field when this Wheeling boy played baseball for the Pirates. Gene remained a loyal friend of his home town, West Virginia and West Liberty for all his life.

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atoddh

Jun-24-13 6:33 PM

rover: Certainly the historical/preservation movement has been a huge failure. Keep in mind it was JUSA-entertainment- that was creating the traffic for the historical venues. When the proposal to renew JUSA was turned away, the rest of the projects failed. WVIH survives because it is a State supported museum. The "anchor" for Downtown tourism was JUSA. It was an icon of commercial C&W music.

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atoddh

Jun-24-13 6:40 PM

Troll: I am not a C&W fan. C&W was ,however, the only format that worked for tourism Downtown; at the Capitol. The proposal to renew the show for television-privately- was turned away. That was a huge, huge error that has now resulted in the collapse of Downtown tourism. Meanwhile the Outlet Project vs mainstream retail would have been best suited for the Highlands site in terms of tourism.

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atoddh

Jun-24-13 6:47 PM

rover: Ms. Nutting was very deserving of her award. She did a lot: more than anyone else by far for preservation. It should be noted JUSA provided the traffic for her house tours on weekends. They were nice and entertaining for visitors. But the preservation battle has been lost now. There is not the "critical mass" necessary. Too much is gone or disfigured. The proposed design regulations are 20 years too late. Its over.

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BigMike

Jun-24-13 9:07 PM

Wheeling not so bad you could be here: " Detroit has more than 78,000 vacant structures, 66,000 vacant and blighted lots, thousands of non-functioning street lights and a demoralized police force that takes nearly an hour, on average, to respond to 911 calls. This is an unspeakably sad situation for Detroit’s 700,000 remaining residents, only a third of whom have jobs. It’s a crisis rooted deep within the history of a city that, for many years, rose and fell economically with the auto industry — while poverty, racial segregation, crime and official corruption festered."(Washington Post)

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atoddh

Jun-24-13 11:10 PM

cigar: I don't take tax money. I pay in a bundle. I'm really going to pay on the gas. The founding fathers of WV were sophisticated and educated. Wheeling was the major city West of the mountains at the time. The B&O connected Wheeling to the East Coast. The City really bloomed after the War into the Edwardian Era. Many industrial fortunes were made. The City had class; now long gone.

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atoddh

Jun-24-13 11:11 PM

mike. Yes: Detroit is a mess. Wheeling is the same kind of situation on a smaller scale.

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WhgsFuture

Jun-25-13 8:35 AM

I loved all the celebrations last week! I felt especially proud to be a West Virginian! I love Wheeling! We all clearly want to see our beautiful city rise again and I think we need YOUNG people doing the marketing of this city. People over 50 have it all wrong as far as how to attract young people back to this city. The problem is, the people over 50 probably wouldnt be all that excited about the things young people would want to do. Too much is geared to senior citizens. Go to any city festival and you will notice the crowd is older. I have said it in the past and still believe it: go to the high schools and colleges and ask young people what would make this city better. Then put young people (25-35) in a group to make it happen.

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