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From the Noteworthy to the Notorious in the Ohio Valley

People Making History in the Ohio Valley

PHOTO OF PLAQUE COMMEMORATING THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF COMMUNITY LEADER ELMER VINCENT DISPLAYED AT THE UPPER OHIO VALLEY MUSEUM AND LEARNING CENTER AT THE LOU HOLTZ HALL OF FAME. ELMER VINCENT WAS OFTEN KNOWN AS “MR. BROOKE COUNTY,” WHICH WAS A REFLECTION OF HIS EXTENSIVE INVOLVEMENT WITHIN HIS COMMUNITY. MR. VINCENT SERVED IN COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS AND POLITICAL POSITIONS TO HELP HIS COMMUNITY ACCOMPLISH UNIFICATION OF A COUNTYWIDE SCHOOL SYSTEM AND OPENING A SENIOR CENTER. ALSO, HE WAS AN ADVOCATE FOR PROVIDING TEEN EMPLOYEMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND PROVIDING ACCESS TO VOCATIONAL TRAINING.


Residents of the Ohio Valley have made names for themselves locally and beyond. Strong leaders make for strong teams in diverse fields that change the course of history. Some are known for their outstanding achievements in civics or business, and alternately some have made history in The Valley because of their notorious reputations.

 

Experience the History of the Ohio Valley

THE UPPER OHIO VALLEY MUSEUM AND LEARNING CENTER AT THE LOU HOLTZ HALL OF FAME, EAST LIVERPOOL, OHIO.

 

The Upper Ohio Valley Museum and Learning Center at the Lou Holtz Hall of Fame

Located approximately 30 miles from Wellsburg, The Upper Ohio Valley Museum and Learning Center at the Lou Holtz Hall of Fame has exhibits that cover many aspects of history in the Ohio Valley. The Hall of Fame itself showcases not just sports figures, but community members of all occupations who have contributed to society as well. Beyond the members of the Hall of Fame, the museum showcases earlier life in the Ohio Valley. It’s an eclectic mix that includes everything from a Wurlitzer organ from an amusement park to the death mask of Pretty Boy Floyd, a notorious gangster who was apprehended and shot near East Liverpool in 1934. This contrast accurately reflects the complex history of the Ohio Valley.


The Upper Ohio Valley Museum and Learning Center at the Lou Holtz Hall of Fame

102 East 5th Street

East Liverpool, OH 43920

330-386-5443

 

Hours

TUE – FRI 10AM – 4PM

SAT 10PM – 2PM

Suggested Donation

On-street parking


 

Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center

Located approximately 10 miles from Wellsburg, the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center is a treasure trove of artifacts and information about the Weirton area. Be sure to check out the local sports memorabilia and the history of Weirton Steel.

 

Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center

3149 Main Street

Weirton, WV 26062

304-479-7266

 

Hours

Subject to change: Please check Facebook page for updates

Admission

Adults - $5

Members -FREE

Children – FREE (must be accompanied by an adult)

On-street parking

 

 

Brooke County Historical Museum and Cultural Center

Located in historic Wellsburg, this museum has something for everyone, from military uniforms to exhibits of common household rooms from different time periods. Be sure to check out their glass display room to see many examples of locally made glass.

 

Brooke County Historical Museum and Cultural Center

704 Charles Street

Wellsburg, WV 26070

304-737-4060

 

Hours

Open from April through October

THUR, FRI, SUN: 1PM – 5PM

Admission

Admission Fee Required

On-street parking


PHOTO OF MONUMENT COMMEMORATING THE LIFE OF PATRICK GASS (1771-1870). PATRICK GASS ACCOMPANIED THE LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION AND FOUGHT IN THE WAR OF 1812. HE EVENTUALLY SETTLED IN WELLSBURG, WV, MARRIED, AND HAD SEVEN CHILDREN. THIS MONUMENT IS LOCATED AT THE WELLSBURG WHARF ALONG THE OHIO RIVER.

 


COMMUNITY COFFEE AND TEA, LOCATED IN BELLAIRE, OHIO. 

 

Community Coffee and Tea

Located approximately 20 miles from Wellsburg, Community Coffee and Tea is a nonprofit working to support Bellaire and its surrounding area one cup of coffee at a time. This coffee house has a wide selection of beverages, baked goods, and sandwiches available in a comfortable setting. This venture is making history right now in the Ohio Valley.

 

Community Coffee and Tea

3391 Belmont Street

Bellaire, OH 43906

740-325-1507

 

Hours

TUES - FRI: 6:30AM – 7PM

SAT: 8AM-12PM

 

 

Also, you may want to check out: 

Jefferson County Historical Association in Steubenville, Ohio

 

          The JCHA operates a museum and library in the Jefferson County seat of Steubenville, staffed by volunteers, and displaying the donated items relating to our history.  The library is primarily a genealogical and local history research library containing over 5000 books, pamphlets and records on people, groups, organizations and industries with connections to Jefferson County. Artifacts and documents from the 1700s to the 2000s are displayed for visitors and researchers.  We do have books on most of Ohio’s 88 counties and we place emphasis on early settlers from Virginia and Pennsylvania where most of our earliest residents had roots.

 

 

These books are in the BCPL collection:

 

Pretty Boy Floyd: a Novel

Author: Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana

Call number: FIC MCMURTRY, located at the BCPL main location in the Adult Fiction section



Winning Every Day: The Game Plan for Success

         Author: Lou Holtz

Call number: BIO HOLTZ, located at the BCPL main location in the Biography section



Wins, Losses, and Lessons: An Autobiography

         Author: Lou Holtz

Call number: 796.332092 HOLTZ, located at the BCPL main location in the Adult Nonfiction section



The Journals of Patrick Gass: Member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

Author: Patrick Gass, edited and annotated by Carol Lynn MacGregor

Call number: WVR 917.804 GASS, located at the BCPL main location in the West Virginia Reference section (library use only)

 


Friendly Takeover: How an Employee Buyout Saved a Steel Town

         Author: James B. Lieber

Call number: 338.7 LIEBER (WV), located at the BCPL main location in the Adult Nonfiction section


All efforts were made in good faith for accuracy of content of this blog post. However, fees charged and hours of operation may be subject to change without notice. Information was retrieved 6/16/24.

 

Next week we’ll explore The Whiskey Rebellion…

 


Kirstie Perkins is a summer intern at Brooke County Public Libraries and Visitors Center in West Virginia. She is pursuing her Bachelor of Technical and Applied Studies with a focus on nonprofit studies, communication studies, and fine arts. When not studying or interning, she enjoys gardening, making new things from recycled materials, and writing.

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