US Senate passes resolution on Wheeling, founding
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The U.S. Senate passed a resolution last week recognizing the city of Wheeling and the 250th anniversary of its founding.
Col. Ebenezer Zane founded the city in 1769 as the settlement of Fort Henry, and its location on the Ohio River made it popular for trade. Wheeling also served as West Virginia’s capital city from 1863 to 1870 and 1875 to 1885.
“Wheeling is a city of industry, good people and growth,” Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said. “Yes, there’s been ups and downs over the years, but today, it’s as vibrant as ever.”
Capito introduced the resolution on behalf of her and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.
“Wheeling is historic, it’s beautiful, and it’s booming, and that’s all thanks to the incredible men and women who have called it home over the years,” she also said.
Manchin said Wheeling has an important place in the history of the state and country.
“Can you believe in 1849 when the suspension bridge was built, it was called the gateway to the West?” he said. “Not that far from here.”
Wheeling has multiple events scheduled through the year recognizing its history; a lecture will be given this Saturday at the Ohio County Public Library on Dr. Simon Hullihen, a Wheeling-born doctor recognized for his work in the field of dental surgery.
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