Timeline of Charleston, West Virginia facts for kids

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The following is a timeline of the history of the city of Charleston, West Virginia, USA.

Prior to 20th century

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  • 1794 - Virginia "General Assembly designated 40-acres of George Clendenin's land, as Charlestown."
  • 1805 - "Salt-tub mill" begins operating.
  • 1808 - Farmers' Repository newspaper begins publication.
  • 1815 - Ruffner Mansion built.
  • 1818
    • Charlestown renamed "Charleston."
    • Mercer Academy established.
  • 1819 - Spectator newspaper begins publication.
  • 1841 - Kanawha Lyceum active (approximate date).
  • 1850 - Population: 1,050.
  • 1861 - Jacob Goshorn elected mayor.
  • 1862 - Battle of Charleston fought near town during the American Civil War.
  • 1863 - June 20: Charleston becomes part of new U.S. state of West Virginia.
  • 1870
  • 1872 - Kanawha Chronicle newspaper begins publication.
  • 1875 - State Capitol moves from Charleston to Wheeling.
  • 1884 - James Hall Huling becomes mayor.
  • 1885
    • State Capitol moves from Wheeling back to Charleston.
    • State Capitol building expanded.
  • 1890
    • West Virginia Historical and Antiquarian Society headquartered in Charleston.
    • Population: 6,742.
  • 1891
    • Burlew Opera House in business.
    • West Virginia Colored Institute founded near Charleston.
  • 1892 - Capitol City Commercial College founded.
  • 1897 - Sacred Heart Church built.
  • 1900 - Chamber of Commerce organized.

20th century

  • 1905 - State Bureau of Archives and History headquartered in Charleston.
  • 1906 - Mason School of Music founded.
  • 1909
    • Charleston Public Library opens.
    • Stalnaker Drugstore in business.
  • 1910 - Population: 22,996.
  • 1913 - Chemical manufactory begins operating.
  • 1916 - Libbey-Owens-Ford glass manufactory and Charleston High School built.
  • 1917 - Owens Bottle Company manufactory in business in Kanawha City.
  • 1919 - Town of South Charleston incorporated near Charleston.
  • 1920 - Charleston Daily Mail newspaper in publication.
  • 1921 - Charleston City Hall built.
  • 1922 - Kearse Theater in business.
  • 1923 - Sacred Heart High School established.
  • 1925 - West Virginia Governor's Mansion built.
  • 1927
    • WCHS radio begins broadcasting.
    • Garnett Library (public library branch) opens.
    • Union Carbide manufacturer buys Blaine Island in South Charleston, near city of Charleston.
  • 1929 - Charleston Municipal Airport established.
  • 1930 - Population: 60,408.
  • 1932 - State Capitol building rebuilt.
  • 1934 - Kanawha County Public Library established.
  • 1935 - Morris Harvey College relocates to Charleston.
  • 1939
    • Charleston Municipal Auditorium built.
    • State Theatre in business.
  • 1940 - Stonewall Jackson High School built.
  • 1941 - Kanawha Boulevard constructed (approximate date).
  • 1947 - Kanawha Airport begins operating.
  • 1959 - Charleston Civic Center opens.
  • 1960 - Population: 85,796.
  • 1961
    • July 19: Kanawha River flood.
    • Sunrise Art Museum established.
  • 1971 - John G. Hutchinson becomes mayor.
  • 1978 - Morris Harvey College renamed University of Charleston.
  • 1983 - Charleston Town Center shopping mall in business.
  • 1998 - City website online (approximate date).

21st century


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