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Moundsville gets spotlight in documentary about life in a post-industrial town


The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register

The former West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville, shown here, hosts guided tours and numerous events throughout the year.
(Intelligencer photo by Alan Olson)

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. —A documentary featuring Moundsville was chosen to represent the archetypal post-industrial American town, a role that journalist John Miller said was perfect for the city.

Miller, who has written about such towns and cities for the Wall Street Journal in previous years, hopes that “Moundsville” — a documentary produced with Pittsburgh filmmaker Dave Bernabo — will serve as a feature on life in many cities in America. The movie will debut at 7 p.m. Friday in The Strand Theater.

“It’s sort of the biography of the town, and it’s a story a lot of towns have gone through, including Wheeling,” Miller said. “You have settlement, the rise of industry in the 19th, 20th centuries, and then the factories leaving. Then, this new reality, which has gas and oil.”

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