It Was So Cold In West Virginia in 1917, The Ohio River Froze Solid

Every winter brings with it some cold snaps. It’s just the way of life here in the mountains and river valleys of wild, wonderful West Virginia. But thankfully, not every winter brings the kind of cold that folks here in West Virginia experienced during the epically cold winter of 1917 to 1918, perhaps the coldest winter the state has ever known — a cold so fierce that, according to historic accounts, the full length of the Ohio River froze solid.

Please note: photos from that 1917 winter in West Virginia are hard to come by. The ones shown here are from more recent winters in the Mountain State.

Do you think you could have weathered that well-below-zero temperature drop in Lewisburg in 1917? Would you have been out there ice skating on the Ohio River when it froze solid? Apparently, it happened again much more recently as well, in 1977. Brrrr!

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