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June 11, 1884: Riverside Iron Works Make Steel Using Bessemer Converter

On June 11, 1884, the state’s first Bessemer converter went into operation at the Riverside Iron Works in Wheeling. The Bessemer process made steel even…

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Weirton’s Serbian Heritage Is A Chicken Blast

Every summer Wednesday since 1969, members of the Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church Men’s Club have gathered at the Serbian Picnic Grounds along King’s…

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August 1, 1918: Industrialist Ernest Weir Renames His Company Weirton Steel

On August 1, 1918, industrialist Ernest Weir renamed his company Weirton Steel. He’d founded the company with J. A. Phillips in Clarksburg in 1905 as…

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What Happened to Weirton? Part 1: Living in the Aftermath

In Appalachia, we know too well the symptoms of industry in decline. However, some aspects are much more visual than others.On March 9, I stood anxiously…

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