Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Disappearing U.S. city of the day: Wheeling, West Virginia

Source:  Wikipedia

Wheeling's population peaked at 61,659 in 1930.  Its 2017 estimated population is 27,086 -- a drop of 56%.

Wheeling is located almost entirely in Ohio County.  The county's population peaked at 73,115 in 1940.  Its 2017 estimated population is 42,035, a drop of 43%.  

Source:  Wikipedia

Related reading:
Communities Built on Steel Fear Its Collapse.  (The New York Times, 2/2/2002)
For decades, steel making has meant fat paychecks and steady jobs for thousands of families in the Ohio Valley towns that stretch north from here. 
But now there is fear, bordering on panic, that the hometown steel company that has brought middle-class prosperity could be at death's door. That company, the Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation, has filed for bankruptcy, and its managers and workers say that the blast furnaces, rolling mills, foundries, coke ovens and galvanizing shops -- as well as a way of life -- could go under any day now unless Washington rushes to the rescue and somehow limits low-cost imports.

The disappearing cities:
Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.  (1/12/2019)
Baltimore, Maryland.  (12/31/2018)
Benton Harbor, Michigan.  (1/15/2019)
Buffalo, New York, (1/8/2019)
Cairo, Illinois.   (1/5/2019)
Cleveland, Ohio (1/2/2019)
Detroit, Michigan.  (1/1/2019)
East St. Louis, Illinois.  (1/11/2019)
Flint, Michigan.  (1/7/2019)
Gary, Indiana.  (1/4/2019)
Johnstown, Pennsylvania.  (1/6/2019)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (1/13/2019)
St. Louis, Missouri.  (1/2/2019)
Scranton, Pennsylvania.  (1/14/2019)
Youngstown, Ohio.  (1/9/2019)

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