100 Years Ago Today

A History Of Events And Happenings From Exactly One Hundred Years Ago

Floods Kill 16 In West Virginia

Hollidays Cove, West Virginia was founded as a town in Virginia in 1793. In April 1909 the Phillips Sheet and Tin Plate Company started a factory nearby. Ernest T Weir was president and by 1910 10 mills were operating and a boomtown called Weirton sprung up.

On September 1, 1912 a huge rainstorm began. Basements were quickly flooded and by 1:30AM Harmon Creek, a tributary of the Ohio River, overflowed its banks and crested at 40 feet.. Flood waters reached to the second story of some homes and 15 houses were swept away. In all 16 lives were lost and many made homeless.

The Great Flood of 1912 – By MARY CAMPBELL BOWMAN And JOHN L. DAVIS – The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register : http://www.theintelligencer.net/page/content.detail/id/573817/Great-Flood-of-1912-Took-Its-Toll-on-Holiday-s-Cove.html?nav=510

Holidays Cove, West Virginia
After the Flood of 1912
September 1, 1912


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