10 Rare Photos Taken In West Virginia During The Great Depression

West Virginia has seen some tough times, some still somewhat fresh in local memory… and that includes The Great Depression. During the 1930s, West Virginians suffered greatly, but we found a way to survive just as we always do. Let’s take a look back at these fascinating historic photos of West Virginia from The Great Depression.

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As we look through these photos we are reminded to be grateful for all that we have today. Did you ever hear about the impact of the Great Depression in West Virginia from your family? We’d love to hear your thoughts and stories in the comments.

Love West Virginian history? Our landscape may have once been inhabited by giants… just take a look at our archaeological record!

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historic photos of West Virginia

May 17, 2020

How has West Virginia changed over the years?

West Virginia has a history that’s at times quirky and at times incredible. There’s much to love about this state, even though it has even had a few moments that we’d rather leave buried. Our state was admitted to the Union in 1863, having previously been a part of Virginia. Before European settlers arrived, much of our state was inhabited by mound builder cultures. Want to learn more? Check out our list of historical facts.

What is the oldest town in West Virginia?

Shepherdstown is the oldest town in West Virginia, having been settled sometime around 1730. According to locals, this quirky city is also haunted!

What are the oldest businesses in West Virginia?

There are many historic businesses in West Virginia! The Greenbrier Resort is perhaps the oldest continually operating business, having opened around 1778. For more history, check out some of the best general stores in West Virginia.

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