UPDATED: 8-30-2014    
PARKERSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA:   A VINTAGE PORTRAIT


   


Welcome to a collection of old photos taken on the streets of Parkersburg, West Virginia.



Photo above was taken from Fort Boreman Hill, looking north, in the 1920s. Market Street runs straight up the center. Marked locations are (1) the Wood County Courthouse, (2) the City Building at 5th Street & Market, (3) St. Francis Xavier's Catholic Church between 5th & 6th Streets, (4) First Baptist Church at 9th & Market, (5) First Methodist Episcopal on Juliana Street, (6) Parkersburg High School, (7) West Virginia Route 2 heading north out of town, (8) the city reservoir, and (9) Washington Junior High School (formerly Parkersburg High). As of this writing in 2001, these sites still survive except for the City Building, which was torn down in the 1970s, and Washington Junior High, razed in the mid-'60s.


INDEX

* = UPDATED RECENTLY

NOTABLE SITES:

1886 Map
Aerial Photos (1952)
B&O Railroad Station
Billboards
Blennerhassett Hotel
Blennerhassett Island
Churches
The City Park *
The Country Club
DeSales Heights Academy
A. P. Donaghho Stoneware
Elementary Schools
The Elks Club & Parkersburg Sentinel
Factories
The Floods
Funeral Homes
The Masonic Home
Mountain State Business College
Ohio River Railroad (Ann St.) Station
Park Place
Parkersburg Ads & Matchbook Covers
Parkersburg Catholic High School
Parkersburg City Hospital
Parkersburg Community Bank
Parkersburg High School (old) and
    the old Carnegie Library
Parkersburg High School (new)
The Parkersburg News
Parkersburg Oil and Gas Museum *
Parkersburg Panoramas (1861-1977)
The Parkersburg Sentinel
Paving
Quincy Hill Water Tank Disaster (1909)
Rivers & Bridges
St. Xavier Catholic Church
St. Joseph's Hospital
Streetcars
Sumner School
Terrapin Park
Theaters
View From Fort Boreman
Wood County Courthouses
WPAR
WTAP-TV
Y.M.C.A.
  MARKET STREET:

Looking up Market from Second Street
Looking up Market from Third Street *
Third Street
Looking up Market from Fourth Street
The City Building and Fifth Street
Corner of Fifth and Juliana Streets
Market Between Fifth and Sixth
Market Between Sixth and Seventh
Corner of Seventh & Market Streets *
Market Between Seventh and Eighth
Market and Ninth Street
Upper Market Street
Market Street Businesses (1907)


OTHER STREETS:

Ann Street *
Avery Street *
Camden Avenue
Dawson Alley
Seventh Street *
Corner of Eighth Street, Ann Street
    and Murdoch Avenue
Murdoch Avenue
Twelfth Street (400 Block)
Thirteenth Street
Juliana Street *
Quincy Street (1200 Block)
St. Mary's/Dudley Avenue
Washington Avenue
Williams Court Alley


MORE PHOTOS *
(not yet classified)
 
WVU   CAIRO   MARRTOWN   MARIETTA, OHIO *   BELPRE, OHIO *   PARKERSBURG, IOWA *
 
CAN YOU IDENTIFY THIS?




The postcard at the top of this page is ultra scarce if it was mailed and has an 1899 postmark. It's probably worth $200 -$300 today...maybe more. Smith Jewelry on Market Street ordered those cards from Germany in 1899 (three different cards, possibly) and the German company sent them to Parkersburg with printed postcard backs, even though they were supposed to be trade cards with no postcard markings. A few of them got out and were mailed before the Post Office Department forced Smith to counterstamp them with a design that obliterated the "Post Card" markings. Probably several were never counterstamped and also never mailed. Picture postcards in 1899 were not legal.   (Thanks to Patrick Cummings)


Greetings from the turn of the last century.




RELATED LINKS:

State Journal article about this Website

Parkersburg by Robert Anderson and Aaron Crites (Arcadia Publishing)

1907 Parkersburg Directory (Full Text)

The Parkersburg News & The Parkersburg Sentinel

The City of Parkersburg

WTAP-TV Facebook Page

Parkersburg Radio History: WCEF/WADC and WCEF-FM/WIBZ/WMGP

Parkersburg Radio History: WPAR/WIKS/WLTP

Blackwood Associates, Inc. - West Virginia Postcards: PARKERSBURG

Parkerburg Viscose Plant

Haunted Parkersburg

Cemeteries of Wood County [archived copy of defunct site]

Parkersburg's Top 20 One-Hit Wonder

Parkersburg WV History & Industrial & Commercial Businesses

Famous West Virginians

Jewish Parkersburg [archived copy of defunct site]

The Jackson Family of Parkersburg

The Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike

Oil and Gas Museum

A View of Washington Bottom (A Glance at Blennerhassett Island)

Marietta Flood of 2004

Marietta Then & Now



If you have an old postcard or photo of a Parkersburg street
you'd like to see in these pages, please scan it and send to

jimddddd@aol.com





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