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Luna Park On May 5, 1923, a fire started by welders destroyed most of this Charleston amusement park.
Opening night The Keith-Albee in Huntington showed its first movie on May 7, 1928, but it was the lavish theater itself that was the star of the show.
Election Day West Virginia primary elections are conducted in May of even-numbered years. This year it falls on May 10.
First Mother's Day The first official Mother's Day observance was held May 10, 1908, at Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton and simultaneously in Philadelphia.
Living and working in the coalfields Photographers captured images of the everyday lives of West Virginia coal miners during the Great Depression.
Back to school in the Mountain State Find resources related to West Virginia studies in the e-WV Classroom.
This Date in History
May 05, 1923: A fire started by welders destroyed most of Luna Park in Charleston
Luna Park was built by J. B. Crowley in 1912 on the north bank of the Kanawha River in Charleston. The amusement park occupied seven acres on what had been a three-hole golf course. At present, the park’s site is bordered by the river, Park and Glenwood avenues, Park Drive, and Grant Street.
At the main entrance on Park Avenue stood a large wooden fence with two flag topped spires. Behind the fence, a footbridge led to level ground where park goers could ride the Royal Giant Dips Co...
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