Weirton Museum to host West Virginia Day event

WEIRTON — In observance of West Virginia Day, the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center will be taking a look at the history of one piece of local transportation infrastructure and its ties to the state’s history.

The museum will be presenting “Competing Visions of Community, Commerce and Construction in the First Ohio River Railroad Bridge,” at 7 p.m., Thursday, with a discussion led by David A. Simmons.

“David will be here at the museum to speak at 7 p.m. on West Virginia Day about the first railroad bridge to be built across the Ohio River and go into detail about the politics and obstacles to its completion until after the West Virginia became a state,” museum President Dennis Jones said.

Simmons is senior editor of “Echoes” magazine, a history and news journal published by Ohio History Connection.

He previously directed the process for listing properties on the National Register of Historic Places in the Ohio Historic Preservatio office.

A native of Darke County, Ohio, Simmons has received several writing awards for excellence in industrial archaeology and serves as president of the Ohio Historic Bridge Association.

He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Miami Univeristy in Oxford, Ohio. His first professional job was as executive director of the Preble County Historical Society.

The Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center is located at 3149 Main St.

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