Sistersville and Tyler County
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In 1802, Charles Wells brought his family of 22 children down the Ohio River to a point later known as Wells Landing. With its ferryboat, tannery, blacksmiths, lumber, and flour mills, the village became a stop for river traffic and a commercial center where the scattered farming population would sell their wares. When Charles Wells died in 1815, he willed part of his estate to two daughters, Delilah Wells Grier and Sarah Wells McCoy, which they plotted and named Sistersville. In 1816, two years after Tyler County was formed, Middlebourne was chosen as the county seat. When the railroad reached Tyler County in 1884, its quiet communities enjoyed moderate prosperity; however, when Joshua Russell struck oil at the Polecat well in 1891, nearly 15,000 people rushed into the Sistersville area to find their fortunes. Discover the story of the oil boom with its saloons, hotels, opera houses, theaters, mansions, industries, and churches as told in detail through photographs from local collections and museums.
Arcadia Publishing
: 9780738552712
: Arcadia Publishing
: 08/29/2007
: West Virginia
: Images of America
: 200 Black And White
: 128
: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
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Author Luke N. Peters grew up in Tyler County on tales of Victorian Sistersville and his grandfather's arrival in the area as a peddler on the heels of the oil boom. Since graduating from Tyler County schools, Peters earned degrees from Concord College and Ohio University and currently works in Appalachian community development. He will always call Sistersville home.
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