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1796

James Wood became governor of Virginia

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Dec 21, 1798

Wood County was established by the General Assembly

1800

James Wood left office as governor of Virginia

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1811

The New Orleans,the first steamboat on the inland rivers, was launched on the Ohio River at Pittsburgh

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1847

Two turnpikes were completed in Wood County

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1861

Federal forces were stationed in Wood County

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1862

The first school for black children, Sumner School, opened in Parkersburg.

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1863

Fort Boreman was constructed in Wood County

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1874

The first public high school diplomas issued in the state were awarded to Parkersburg High School graduates

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1884

The Ohio River Railroad was completed

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1887

Sumner School graduated its first class of four students, the first high school diplomas in West Virginia issued to blacks

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1888

Mountain State Business College was established

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1950

Floodwall in Parkersburg was completed

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1957

A group from West Virginia and Ohio purchased land to establish a college with an independent board of trustees, now Ohio Valley University

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1961

The Parkersburg branch of West Virginia University was founded in nearby Cedar Grove.

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1990

Wood County was the third most populous county in the state

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2000

Wood County had a population of 87,986

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