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Capital Cities Aug. 7, 1877: West Virginia voters chose Charleston as the state capital over Clarksburg and Martinsburg
Wildlife Refuge August 11, 1994, Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge became the 500th refuge in the National Wildlife Refuge system
Niagara Movement August 15, 1906: The Niagara Movement began a five-day meeting at Storer College in Harpers Ferry
Astronomy August 25, 2000: The Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope, the world’s largest fully steerable radio telescope, was dedicated.
West Virginia Turnpike On August 29, 1952, a groundbreaking ceremony marked the beginning of construction on the West Virginia Turnpike
This Date in History
August 28, 1894: William Howells died in Jefferson, Ohio
Publisher and diplomat William Cooper Howells (May 15, 1807-August 28, 1894) was born in Wales and brought to the Wheeling area as a child. He was the father of the prominent author, critic and playwright William Dean Howells.
At 21, Howells began work as an apprentice typesetter at the Virginia Statesman, a Wheeling newspaper. Before starting two Wheeling newspapers of his own, the Gleaner (1828) and the
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