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1818

The National Road, the first major highway in the region, was completed to Wheeling

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1822

The first Catholic church in West Virginia was established in Wheeling by German and Irish parishioners

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1828

The Irish began helping build the C&O Canal

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1841

Work commenced on the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike

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1845

The Great Potato Famine in Ireland pushed many Irish into the area of Western Virginia

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1847

The Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike was completed

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1848

A Catholic Church was established at Sand Fork

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Jul 19, 1850

Richard Whelan was appointed bishop of the new Diocese of Wheeling

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1850

The Paw Paw Tunnel opened on the C&O Canal

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Dec 24, 1852

The B&O Railroad completed from Baltimore to Wheeling

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1853

Nativists adhering to the Know Nothing party threatened a papal diplomat visiting Wheeling

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1857

The Northwestern Virginia Railroad opened from Grafton to Parkersburg

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1875

The American Ancient Order of Hibernians started a division in Wheeling

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1880

Thomas O'Brien was elected state treasurer

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1884

The American Ancient Order of Hibernians had groups in Rowlesburg, Clarksburg, Parkersburg, Coal Valley and Charleston

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Nov 08, 1892

Thomas Riley was elected attorney general

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1894

The American Ancient Order of Hibernians peaked in West Virginia with 647 men in 12 Hibernian divisions

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1912

A large Celtic cross was erected in Coalburg by William S. Edwards to honor the Irish mine workers

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1937

Monsignor Thomas Quirk died

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