"Moundsville, West Virginia" Moundsville by mikelisaanna

Moundsville Travel Guide: 6 reviews and 19 photos

Moundsville is a town on the Ohio River in northern West Virginia, about 10 miles south of Wheeling and 50 miles southwest of Pittsburgh. Despite its small size, it has some interesting things to see. The town's primary sights are the former West Virginia Penitentiary (jail), an imposing gothic building which is now open for tours; the Marx Toy Museum, which has a great collection of toys produced in a local factory by the Marx Toy Company from the 1930s to the 1980s; and the Indian burial mound after which the town is named.

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  • Pros:Interesting sights, friendly people
  • Cons:Depressed local economy
  • In a nutshell:An Ohio River town with some interesting sights
  • Last visit to Moundsville: Nov 2005
  • Intro Updated Dec 2, 2005
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  • Aug 14, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    It is helpful to know the area was traditionally dependent on coal mining and the steel industry. Those industries have been in long term decline, leaving the area in fiscal distress. The population has declined due to the lack of a strong business and commerce base that is found in other areas of the country, to provide job opportunities.. The residents are extremely resilient and hard working. You are likely to see many folks on the streeet in their work clothes in this rural community. The recent influx of pipeline workers due to the developement of the vast oil and gas deposits in the area also contribute to the 'working man' atmosphere. These are good people, friendly and generous with what they have, if you can appreciate who they are. The population is not diverse because the social structures do not exist to attract outside groups to the area. Any growth in employment opportunities would certainly contribute to changeing that. Perhaps the developement and investment in the area's rich mineral deposits will make those changes possible.

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    Jul 13, 2006 at 9:47 AM

    Great tips. You tempt me to make a detour to Moundsville on my planned trip to West Virginia next week.

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