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Statistics & Facts

The West Virginia state capital is Charleston.
The population of Wheeling is approximately 30,367 (2002), 28486 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 17,128 (1990), 12816 (2010).
The amount of land area in Wheeling is 35.726 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Wheeling is 13.9 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 4.936 sq kilometers.
The distance from Wheeling to Washington DC is 217 miles.
The distance to the West Virginia state capital is 129 miles. (as the crow flies)
Wheeling is positioned 40.07 degrees north of the equator and 80.69 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Wheeling elevation is 672 feet above sea level.
Wheeling average annual precipitation is 39.9 inches peryear.
Wheeling average annual snowfall is 43.4 inches per year.
Wheeling average temperature is 50.5 degrees F.
The average winter temperature is 29.5 degrees F.
The average spring temperature is 51.0 degrees F.
The average summer temperature is 74.6 degrees F.
The average fall temperature is 54.7 degrees F.


in the northern panhandle of West Virginia about 55 miles from Pittsburgh, PA. Other nearby communities include Bethlehem, Benwood, Clearview and Triadelphia all in West Virginia and Martins Ferry, Bridgeport, Brookside and Bellaire all in Ohio.
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History & History Related Items

Ebenezer Zane and members of his group settled Wheeling in 1769. A creek in the area which runs through the city was known as "Wheelin," which was an Indian name. In 1793, Zane divided the settlement into lots, thus, Wheeling became a full-fledged town. It was not incorporated as a town until 1836.

The last battle of the Revolutionary War was fought here. Many of the earliest Presidents rode through Wheeling on the nation's first highway (National Road or today Route 40)

A famous Indian fighter named McCulloch lived and fought in this area. He performed his famous leap off of a mountain to escape an Indian war party while on horseback!

Wheeling is known as the Nail City for good reason. At least one-third of all nails made in the US came from this area. Not only did wheeling have a large percentage of nails made here but their nails have a reputation of being far superior to any others. Many nail mills were built over the years. Though nails were not the only items manufactured here, they were the item of prominence. Find more nail history on this page.

Try this history page written in 1901 about Wheeling.

Historical places to see and visit in the area.
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The settling of Wheeling


The incorporation of Wheeling



Tourist Information
1310 Market St.
Wheeling, WV 26003-3331
Phone: 304-233-2709

The Wheeling Symphony

Information on Wheeling from West Virginia Web

Wheeling Civic Center, Capitol Music Hall, Centre Market, Oglebay Park and the new Wheeling Heritage Port in Celeron Park

The West Virginia Independence Hall Musuem
1528 Market Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
Phone 304-238-1300

Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum
144 Kruger Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
Toll-free 877-242-8133
Toys, trains & fun in beautifully restored Victorian schoolhouse

The Children's Museum of the Ohio Valley
Wheeling Artisan Center
1400 Main Street, 2nd Floor
Wheeling, WV 26003
Phone 304-214-KIDS

Wheeling Suspension Bridge
The oldest suspension bridge still in operation in the world, having originally constructed on 20 October 1849. It was the first bridge to span the Ohio River and is known as the father of modern American suspension bridges. It was designed and built by Charles Ellet.

The Wheeling Nailers
Professional Ice Hockey.
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Wheeling City Government

Wheeling City Clerk
1500 Chapline St Fl 3
Wheeling, WV 26003-3553
Phone: 304-234-3694

Wheeling operates under a council-city manager form of government. The council members and mayor are all elected, the council by ward and the mayor at large. The council appoints a city manager.

Wheeling Chamber

Wheeling Chamber of Commerce
1310 Market St.
Wheeling, WV 26003
Phone: 304 233-2575
Fax: 304 233-1320

Wheeling Organizations

Wheeling Chamber of Commerce
1310 Market St.
Wheeling, WV 26003
Phone: 304 233-2575
Fax: 304 233-1320

Wheeling Libraries

Ohio County Public Library
52 16th St
Wheeling, WV 26003-3671
Phone: 304-232-0244

Bishop Hodges Library
316 Washington Ave
Wheeling, WV 26003-6243
Phone: 304-243-2226

Wheeling Schools

Ohio County School District
2203 National Rd
Wheeling, WV 26003-5203
Phone: 304-243-0300 Wheeling


The population of Wheeling was:
1990 - 34,882
2000 - 31,419
2002 - 30,367

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