UPDATED: 5-13-2024    
PARKERSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA:   A VINTAGE PORTRAIT


   


Welcome to a collection of old photos taken on the streets of Parkersburg, West Virginia.




Photo above was taken from Fort Boreman Hill, looking north, in the 1920s. Market Street runs straight up the center. Marked locations are (1) the Wood County Courthouse, (2) the City Building at 5th Street & Market, (3) St. Francis Xavier's Catholic Church between 5th & 6th Streets, (4) First Baptist Church at 9th & Market, (5) First Methodist Episcopal on Juliana Street, (6) Parkersburg High School, (7) West Virginia Route 2 heading north out of town, (8) the city reservoir, and (9) Washington Junior High School (formerly Parkersburg High). As of this writing in 2001, these sites still survive except for the City Building, which was torn down in the 1970s, and Washington Junior High, razed in the mid-'60s.


INDEX

* = UPDATED RECENTLY

NOTABLE SITES:

1886 Map
Aerial Photos (1952)
B&O Railroad Station
Billboards
Blennerhassett Hotel
Blennerhassett Island
Churches
The City Park
The Country Club
DeSales Heights Academy
A. P. Donaghho Stoneware
Elementary Schools
The Elks Club & Parkersburg Sentinel
Factories
The Floods
Funeral Homes
The Masonic Home
Mountain State Business College
Ohio River Railroad (Ann St.) Station
Park Place *
Parkersburg Ads & Matchbook Covers
Parkersburg Branch, WVU
Parkersburg Catholic High School
Parkersburg City Hospital
Parkersburg Community Bank
Parkersburg High School (old) and
    the old Carnegie Library
Parkersburg High School (new)
The Parkersburg News
Parkersburg Oil and Gas Museum
Parkersburg Panoramas (1861-1977)
The Parkersburg Sentinel
Paving
Quincy Hill Water Tank Disaster (1909) *
Rivers & Bridges
St. Xavier Catholic Church
St. Joseph's Hospital
Streetcars *
Sumner School
Terrapin Park
Theaters
View From Fort Boreman
Wood County Courthouses
WPAR
WTAP-TV
Y.M.C.A.
  MARKET STREET:

First Street
Looking up Market from Second Street *
Looking up Market from Third Street
Third Street
Looking up Market from Fourth Street
The City Building and Fifth Street
Corner of Fifth and Juliana Streets
Market Between Fifth and Sixth
Market Between Sixth and Seventh
Corner of Seventh & Market Streets
Market Between Seventh and Eighth *
Market and Ninth Street *
Upper Market Street
Market Street Businesses (1907)


OTHER STREETS:

Ann Street
Avery Street
Camden Avenue
Dawson Alley
Green Street
Seventh Street
Corner of Eighth Street, Ann Street
    and Murdoch Avenue
Murdoch Avenue
Twelfth Street (400 Block)
Thirteenth Street
Juliana Street *
Quincy Street (1200 Block)
St. Mary's/Dudley Avenue *
Washington Avenue
Williams Court Alley


MORE PHOTOS
(not yet classified)
 
WVU   CAIRO   MARRTOWN   MARIETTA, OHIO   BELPRE, OHIO   PARKERSBURG, IOWA
 
CAN YOU IDENTIFY THIS?




The postcard at the top of this page is ultra scarce if it was mailed and has an 1899 postmark. It's probably worth $200 -$300 today...maybe more. Smith Jewelry on Market Street ordered those cards from Germany in 1899 (three different cards, possibly) and the German company sent them to Parkersburg with printed postcard backs, even though they were supposed to be trade cards with no postcard markings. A few of them got out and were mailed before the Post Office Department forced Smith to counterstamp them with a design that obliterated the "Post Card" markings. Probably several were never counterstamped and also never mailed. Picture postcards in 1899 were not legal.   (Thanks to Patrick Cummings)


Greetings from the turn of the last century.




RELATED LINKS:

Wood County Historical and Preservation Society

Early Parkersburg WV & surrounding area [Facebook group]

Parkersburg by Robert Anderson and Aaron Crites (Arcadia Publishing)

1907 Parkersburg Directory (Full Text)

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia [click on map to enlarge]

The Parkersburg News & The Parkersburg Sentinel

WTAP-TV Facebook Page

Parkersburg Radio History: WCEF/WADC and WCEF-FM/WIBZ/WMGP

Parkersburg Radio History: WPAR/WIKS/WLTP

Blackwood Associates, Inc. - West Virginia Postcards: PARKERSBURG [archived copy of defunct site]

Parkerburg Viscose Plant

Cemeteries of Wood County [archived copy of defunct site]

Parkersburg's Top 20 One-Hit Wonder

Parkersburg WV History & Industrial & Commercial Businesses

Famous West Virginians [archived copy of defunct site]

Jewish Parkersburg [archived copy of defunct site]

The Jackson Family of Parkersburg

The Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike

Oil and Gas Museum [archived copy of defunct site]

A View of Washington Bottom (A Glance at Blennerhassett Island) [archived copy of defunct site]

Marietta Flood of 2004 [archived copy of defunct site]


 



Most of the early 1900s houses in Parkersburg were ordered from companies like Sears, Roebuck,
and delivered by train cars in sections, which were then assembled at the destination lots.



If you have an old postcard or photo of a Parkersburg street
you'd like to see in these pages, please scan it and send to

jimddddd@aol.com





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