Early Parkersburg

Early Parkersburg (HM1EAM)

Location: Parkersburg, WV 26101 Wood County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 15.948', W 81° 33.966'

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Court Square

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.
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Date Added Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at 8:45am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 451164 N 4346426
Decimal Degrees39.26580000, -81.56610000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 15.948', W 81° 33.966'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 15' 56.88" N, 81° 33' 57.96" W
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Area Code(s)304
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 113 Ann St, Parkersburg WV 26101, US
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