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Getaway: The Surprising Treasures Found in Moundsville, West Virginia


The small city of Moundsville, clinging to the northwestern edge of West Virginia along the Ohio River, appears similar to plenty of neighboring towns. In Pennsylvania and Ohio, as well as the Mountain state, there are dozens of main streets like this — Rust Belt towns with a lot of history and hometown charm.

That’s how Moundsville appears at first glance, at least. Unlike many similar places, Moundsville has a half-dozen destinations hidden in plain sight — unexpected treasures that you’ll be stunned to find in this particular corner of the world. A glittering, golden palace. A centuries-old and purportedly haunted prison. A treetop resort. An ancient burial site. History, mystery and a dash of wonder.

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