Categories
Log in
There’s more to see...
Sign up to see the rest of what’s here!

Almost Heaven

West Virginia, my home among the hills

How 'bout them 'eers ?!!

When William J. Blenko came to the United States from England in 1893, his vision was to produce and sell American-made "antique" (mouth-blown) flat glass instead of having it imported from Europe. After a few failed ventures, he started The Eureka Glass Company in 1921 and produced stained glass from its Milton, West Virginia glassmaking facility until the Depression. Struggling to stay afloat, Blenko switched his product line to glass tableware, and in 1930, Eureka became Blenko.

Christmas at the Depot, White Sulphur Springs. Open year round. Historic train depot dating to 1931.

I'm sure people have posted on this board about Thurmond, WV, before, but it is just. so. cool. The town became abandoned after the banks failed and several businesses burned. It was taken over by the National Park Service in 1995 and is still an Amtrak flag stop though only 6-7 people still live there. The outsides of most buildings have been restored and you can walk all over this isolated, empty railroad town that looks much as it must have in the early 1900s.

Mary Lou Retton (January 24, 1968): She was the first American woman ever to win a gold medal in gymnastics. She was also the first American woman to win the Olympic All Around Title. Both these awards were won during the 1984 Olympic Games where she won a total of 5 medals, the most by any athlete at the ‘84 Olympics. Mary Lou Retton was also the first woman to be featured on a Wheaties cereal box.

Patsy Ramsey, mother of Jonbenet, held the title of Miss West Virginia in 1977 and competed in the Miss America pageant.

Patsy Ramsey's Funeral

cbsnews.com