Wild & Wonderful West Virginia
Monday, October 8, 2007
Going Home...how much do you know about Weirton, West Virginia?
Weirton was first settled as the village of Holliday's Cove in the late 1700s.
The area began to grow rapidly after an industrialist named Ernest T. Weir founded and began to build a large steel operation in 1909.
Weirton Steel grew rapidly as did the communities near the company.
On July 1, 1947, the communities of Hollidays Cove, Marland Heights, Weirton Heights and unincorporated Weirton all joined to become the current city of Weirton.
The city of Weirton now has population of around 20,500 and is home to around 20 different industries.
The steel operation is now owned by the International Steel Group and is known as ISG Weirton Inc. The company has an annual production capability of 2.4 million tons of continuously cast steel.
The city of Weirton is located high in the upper panhandle of West Virginia. To the west is the Ohio River and the city of Steubenville, Ohio. To the east, Pennsylvania and 35 miles away, the city of Pittsburgh. East to west the state is just 5 miles. The city is the only community in the United States that borders two other states on two sides, and its own state on the other two sides.
Now you know a little more about the town where we live. We had a great weekend in Pennsylvania, but are ready to checkout of the hotel and head back to WV. Have a great Columbus Day!