Back In The Day, This Quiet West Virginia Town Was A Mafia Mecca
When people think of Italian mafia families, they imagine places like Chicago or New York. One state that definitely does not come to mind is West Virginia. But the residents of Clarksburg, WV who are wise to local history, know that their city — and nearby Fairmont — were once mafia towns. In fact, one prominent American Prohibition-era organization grew to such heights in the early 1900s that many of the most famous Italian mobsters of the age were afraid of them.
It just goes to show that organized crime can occur anywhere if there are enough people in an area who are willing to earn a living outside the confines of the law.
Did you know that the mafia had ties in West Virginia? What else can you add about WV’s mob-related history? Feel free to comment below and join the discussion.
To learn more about West Virginia and see history truly come alive, visit the town in West Virginia that was turned into a state park.
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Are there any museums in West Virginia?
West Virginia is chock full of both colonial and modern history. Fortunately, dozens of museums around the state capture these centuries of stories, beauty, and art of WV in unique and modern ways. Many of West Virginia's most unique museums are located in historic homes and feature specialty collections, while others document the history of the unique small towns in which they are located. Some of the best and most popular museums in West Virginia are:
- Avampato Discovery Museum, Charleston
- Beverly Heritage Center, Beverly
- Bituminous Coal Heritage Foundation Museum, Madison
- Heritage Farm Museum and Village, Huntington
- Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington
- Hinton Railroad Museum, Hinton
- Mountaineer Military Museum, Weston
- Museum Of American Glass, Weston
- Watts Museum, Morgantown
- West Virginia Civilian Conservation Corps Museum, Mt. Clare
- West Virginia Mine Wars Museum, Matewan
- West Virginia Railroad Museum, Elkins
- West Virginia State Farm Museum, Point Pleasant
- West Virginia State Museum, Charleston
- Youth Museum of Southern WV, Beckley
What are some of the weirdest museums in West Virginia?
In addition to its many phenomenal art and history museums, West Virginia is also home to a number of unique small-town and local specialty museums. Some of the weirdest museums in West Virginia are:
- Archive of the Afterlife: National Museum of the Paranormal, Cameron
- Flatwoods Monster Museum, Sutton
- John Brown Wax Museum, Harpers Ferry
- Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum, Wheeling
- Mothman Museum, Point Pleasant
- Museum of Radio and Technology, Huntington
- West Virginia Bigfoot Museum, Sutton