Author: M. Lynne Squires

Looking Back at the Yeager Airport

Once upon a time, the Charleston Airport wasn’t in Charleston at all, but rather six miles downriver. Located in Institute, Wertz Field was purchased by the City of Charleston in 1929. By 1930, Charleston didn’t have the funds to develop and operate the field, so a group of businessmen formed West Virginia Airways, Inc. They operated Wertz Field for twelve years. By 1937, bigger planes were being put into service by various airlines, and Wertz Field was beginning to show signs of being inadequate to handle the larger airplanes. When American Airlines notified the City of Charleston it was...

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Looking Back at the Sunrise Mansion

October is the month of ghosts and goblins, and things that go bump in the night. Sunrise, lesser known by its true moniker, the MacCorkle Mansion, is rumored to be haunted. The ghost of William A. MacCorkle is said to walk the halls of his former home, seen by both visitors and employees. It is rumored that his ashes are entombed in the base for the statue of his daughter, Isabelle. The statue was placed midway down the Sunrise Carriage Trail that leads from the mansion to the Kanawha River. The statue was said to have cried tears of...

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Focal Point Go Mini’s

    You might have any number of reasons to move, store, or relocate some items. You are moving to a new home. Your home or office is being remodeled. You need safe storage for tools at a jobsite. Your realtor suggested you remove some items in order to stage your home before putting it on the market. You own a retail business that requires extra inventory storage during peak seasons. You close on the house you are selling, but haven’t closed on the house you are purchasing.           Whether you are storing furniture, tools,...

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Looking Back at the Charleston Civic Center

We can’t look back at the Charleston Civic Center without also looking forward. This timeline illustrates both the history and the future of the downtown facility. 1959: The Civic Center opened its doors to the community, boasting a Main Arena seating 6,000, the Little Theater seating 750, and three meeting rooms as well as a kitchen and administrative offices. Price tag for the new structure: $2.5 million 1960: The Civic Center hosted President John F. Kennedy as his campaign tour made a key stop in Charleston. 1966: The NBA’s Philadelphia Warriors played there in February as a capacity crowd...

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Focal Point: Bailes Granite & Marble

Bailes Granite and Marble Plenty of companies might boast they are ‘locally owned and operated.’ But few companies can add ‘for over 60 years,’ and only a scant few can say ‘by 4 generations’ of the same family. Well, five generations if you count the up and coming, nearly-teen son of the fourth generation to run Bailes Granite and Marble. Located in the same 4th Avenue spot as the original store, then called Bailes Glass, the current focus has turned primarily to granite and other natural stones. Since 1955, Bailes Granite and Marble has provided stellar products and service...

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Looking Back at the Kanawha River

The sleepy little town of Gauley Bridge is the headwater of the West Virginia’s largest inland waterway. The river ends in Point Pleasant, another small West Virginia river town. Meandering primarily Northwest, the Kanawha River’s starting and ending points are lovely little towns that bookend the river that gave rise to much of West Virginia’s thriving industries. The Kanawha is comprised of the merging of the Gauley and New Rivers. One half mile shy of 100 miles long, the Kanawha River has carried its share of saleable products to ports on the Ohio River and beyond. The river valley...

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