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Wheeling prepares for Its 250th Birthday Bash


The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register

Jay Frey, chairman of the Wheeling 250 committee, reviews a book that commemorated the Friendly City’s 200th anniversary in 1969. He and the several members of the committee are planning the 250th anniversary party for next year.
(Intelligencer photo by Casey Junkins)

WHEELING, W.Va. — Elaborate parades, theme songs and unique activities involving the Wheeling Suspension Bridge could be in store, as the “Wheeling 250” committee prepares to celebrate the city’s 250th anniversary, which will occur in 2019.

From the days of Native Americans controlling the frontier, through the Industrial Revolution, to the heyday of downtown Wheeling being the retail hub of an entire region, the Friendly City has changed quite a bit since Ebenezer Zane established the settlement in 1769. However, committee Chairman Jay Frey said many of the factors that helped the city grow through the years — particularly its location at the intersection of National Road and the Ohio River — are still in play.

“I see this anniversary as an opportunity to build on the enthusiasm being generated by the renaissance underway in the city,” Frey said, “This should not just be a celebration of our past. It should be an exhibition of where we can go.”

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