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Riverfront in Wheeling about 1910

October 19, 2013
Times Leader

THE VIEW of Wheeling's Riverfront was taken about 1910. Clearly visible is the Pennsylvania Railroad Station, Sternwheeler docked at the Wharf. By this date, steamboats were already on the way out, but 90 years earlier they were a frightening innovation, described in Aug. 12, 1820, "The bow of the vessel exhibits the form of a huge serpent, black and scaly, rising out of the water from under the boat, his head high at the dock, darted forward, his mouth open, vomiting smoke and apparently carrying the boat on his back. In 2013, the beautiful Steamboat is docking at the same place at the Riverfront. Submitted by Joanie Appenzeller

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