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The population of Parkersburg is approximately 33,862 (1990), 31492 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 16,341 (1990), 13807 (2010).

The amount of land area in Parkersburg is 28.927 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 1.009 sq kilometers.
The distance from Parkersburg to Washington DC is 257 miles. The distance to the West Virginia state capital is 63 miles. (as the crow flies)
Parkersburg is positioned 39.26 degrees north of the equator and 81.54 degrees west of the prime meridian.

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Parkersburg location: at the confluence of the Ohio and the Little Kanawha Rivers. Blennerhassett Island (Eden on the River) is just three miles downstream. Interstate 77, and US rte 50 intersect just east of the city.

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Parkersburg history:

Parkersburg served as a major shipping depot for materials during the civil war because of the rivers and the railroad. Parkersburg original growth came from oil, gas and timber being harvested in the Little Kanawha River valley.
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Parkersburg attractions:

Major industries in the area include glass, steel, plastics and chemicals.

The Wood County airport has a 7001 ft runway and provides air service to and from Pittsburg several times each day.

Grand Central Mall is in Vienna, WV, adjacent to Parkersburg.

Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park
137 Juliana St.
Parkersburg, West Virginia 26101-5331
Phone: 304-420-4800
Toll-free: 800-CALL-WVA and ask for the park by name.
Harman Blennerhassett settled here in 1798 and built a magnificent mansion and estate. After a military enterprise with Aaron Burr in 1806, he was imprisoned for his part in the deal. Though later released, he and Burr were never able to recover their former lives. The mansion burned to the ground in 1811, but archeologists discovered the foundation of the mansion and it has been re-created as best as could possibly have been done. Many items from history are on display in the museum. Other features on the island are a crafts village, shops, picnic shelters and bicycles. Hardwood forests, long beaches and open fields all help visitors to enjoy their time here.

Sumnerites Museum & Community
1016 Avery St
Parkersburg, WV 26101-4727
Phone: 304-485-1152

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