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Why Wheeling?


What’s so great about Wheeling? If you ask the mayor, residents, and visitors, you’ll get the same answer: It’s friendly. Known as The Friendly City, Wheeling may feel like a world away from the rest of the state, but this riverfront community is rich in West Virginia history. Once a rough and rowdy town populated by rough and rowdy folk, Wheeling has settled into a safe, vibrant place that combines the best parts of a big city and a small town.

Mayor Glenn Elliott believes that Wheeling offers a unique quality of life. “What other city of 27,000 can boast a world-class symphony, a professional sports team, a 1,600-acre municipal park and resort, and countless examples of both commercial and residential Victorian architecture?” he says. 

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