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1773

Robert Thornton claimed 400 acres in Parkersburg.

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1785

Alexander Parker bought land from Thornton in present Parkersburg

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1795

Harman and Margaret Blennerhassett purchased Backus Island, now Blennerhassett Island

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1799

Wood County was formed and Newport was made the county seat

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1800

Newport was given a charter

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1804

Aaron Burr made Blennerhassett Island a rendezvous point for his expedition south

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1810

Newport was rechartered and named Parkersburg after Captain Parker.

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1838

Northwestern Virginia Turnpike was completed to Parkersburg

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1847

The Staunton to Parkersburg Turnpike was completed

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1857

The Northwestern Virginia Railroad opened from Grafton to Parkersburg

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1869

Johnson Newlon Camden established one of the country's first oil refineries in Parkersburg.

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1886

The first public high school for blacks, Sumner High, was established in Parkersburg.

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1898

Mountain State Business College was founded

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1910

The O. Ames company arrived in Parkersburg

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1927

The American Viscose Corporation started rayon production in South Parkersburg

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1949

DuPont plant built at Washington Bottom

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1957

Marbon Chemical is built

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Sep 12, 1960

Classes officially began at Ohio Valley College (now University)

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2000

Parkersburg's population was 33,099

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