Visit Top of West Virginia

09/12/2011  | 
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Visit the Top of West Virginia, City of Weirton for a weekend get-a-way or your R&R time. There are great places to stay to receive that hometown hospitality. The City of Weirton is just 20 minutes from Pittsburgh International Airport. Listed below are a few sites to get you started. Visit www.topofwv.com for everything Top of West Virginia has to offer.

The Homer Laughlin China Company

Founded in 1871 by Mr. Homer Laughlin, The Homer Laughlin China Company has been owned and operated by the Aaron and Wells families since their acquisition in 1897. Specializing in high-fired, lead- free glazes with an Alpha Alumina added body, Homer Laughlin remains the largest domestic pottery employing over 1100 skilled workers in a 37 acre facility. Visit the retail outlet store and tour the pottery factory.

Call 800-452-4462 for tour reservations.

Veterans Memorial Bridge and Park

The Veterans Memorial Bridge, whose planning history dated back to the 1950’s, was under con-struction for what seemed like most of the 1980s. At first it was hard to visualize.

Area residents knew there would be a new style of bridge being built called a “cable stayed” bridge, with a massive concrete support tower. And then the tower began to rise from the pier in the middle of the Ohio River, and the cables sprouted to connect the road to the supporting tower, giving the bridge an almost sailboat-like appearance from some angles. By the time the bridge opened May 5, 1990, it was obvious that Steubenville and Weirton had a new trademark.

The bridge connects the region to Pittsburgh in a way beyond just carrying the U.S. Route 22 expressway through the region on six wide, smooth concrete lanes.

It continues to be a connection to Pittsburgh because of its beauty, not just because it’s a highway.

Engineers who took the tour before the ramps even connected the bridge to the Ohio shore were impressed by the bridge’s appearance and how it was unconventional in a place where a conventional bridge might have performed the duty just as well.

So, the bridge is not just a commercial link but also an important symbol of progress and pride for the area.

The Veterans Memorial Bridge is mentioned and a photograph included in a book by a Pittsburgh publisher, the Local History Company. The author of “The Bridges of Pittsburgh,” Bob Regan.

Chester Memorial Park

Located in Chester, WV, the main feature of this memorial is a B-52 Replica placed high above everything else. A granite wall beneath the plane features etchings of wartime memories.

The memorial was a project of the VFW.

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