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Wheeling

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Wheeling is a city in Ohio and Marshall counties in the U.S. state of West Virginia. Located almost entirely in Ohio County, of which it is the county seat, it lies along the Ohio River in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Wheeling was originally a settlement in the British colony of Virginia and later an important city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Wheeling was the first state capital of West Virginia. Due to its location along major transportation routes, including the Ohio River, National Road, and the B&O Railroad, Wheeling became a manufacturing center in the late nineteenth century. After experiencing the closing of factories and substantial population loss following World War II, Wheeling's major industries now include healthcare, education, law and legal services, entertainment and tourism, and energy.Wheeling is the principal city of the Wheeling, WV-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the MSA had a population of 147,950, and the city itself had a population of 28,486.HistoryArrival of early EuropeansThe origins of the name "Wheeling" are disputed. One of the more credible explanations is that the word comes from the Lenni-Lenape phrase wih link, which meant "place of the head." This supposedly referred to a white settler who was scalped and decapitated. His severed head was displayed at the confluence of Wheeling Creek and the Ohio River. The area had been inhabited by Native Americans for thousands of years. In the 17th century, the Iroquois from present-day New York state conquered the upper Ohio Valley, pushing out other tribes and maintaining the area as their hunting ground.
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Oglebay Park ©
Playground
Oglebay Park
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Duration: 2 hours
Wheeling Island Racetrack and Gaming Center
Casino
Wheeling Island Racetrack and Gaming Center
2.1
Duration: 2 hours
Suspension Bridge ©
Bridge
Suspension Bridge
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
Oglebay Institute Glass Museum ©
Art Museum
Oglebay Institute Glass Museum
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West Virginia Penitentiary ©
Historic Site
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Warther Museum ©
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Warther Museum Dover
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The Wilds ©
Wildlife Area
The Wilds Cumberland
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Hidden gems in Wheeling

West Virginia Independence Hall ©
Educational Site
West Virginia Independence Hall
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Duration: 1 hour
Oglebay Resort ©
Golf Course
Oglebay Resort
2.3
Duration: 2 hours
Good Mansion Wines ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Good Mansion Wines
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Eckhart House ©
Landmark
Eckhart House
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Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Wheeling

The Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum ©
Specialty Museum
The Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Oglebay Mansion Museum ©
History Museum
Oglebay Mansion Museum
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Wheeling Artisan Center ©
Specialty Museum
Wheeling Artisan Center
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B&O Building
Specialty Museum
B&O Building
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Parks in Wheeling

Wheeling Park ©
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Wheeling Park
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Heritage Port Park & Sculpture Garden ©
Garden
Heritage Port Park & Sculpture Garden
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Duration: 30 minutes
Bethlehem Community Park
Park
Bethlehem Community Park
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Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Wheeling

Carriage House Glass ©
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Carriage House Glass
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Duration: 2 hours
Centre Market ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Centre Market
3.8
Duration: 2 hours

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