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History of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, USA

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The settlement developed around Fort Blair, built in 1774, and was chartered in 1794. On October 10, 1774, the Battle of Point Pleasant was fought. At the confluence of the two rivers, General Andrew Lewis and a band of Virginia frontiersmen defeated the allied Shawnee, Delaware, Mingo, Ottawa, and others under Shawnee leader Chief Cornstalk. That victory, which allowed the settlers to inhabit the area without threat of attack, is recognized by some historians as the first battle of the American Revolution because the Native Americans were supposedly incited by the British. In 1908 the U.S. Senate recognized the claim of the Battle of Point Pleasant as the first battle of the American Revolution over the claim of Lexington, Massachusetts. Point Pleasant developed rapidly after a shipyard was built there in the 1840s.

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  • In the Battle of Point Pleasant (October 10, 1774), fought on the future site of the town,
    over one thousand Virginia militiamen, led by Colonel Andrew Lewis (1720–1781), defeated a roughly equal force of an Algonquin confederation of...Read MORE...


  • 1794 - In December 1794, the General Assembly of Virginia enacted legislation that set aside 200 acres of land from the property of Thomas Lewis and declared that a town be established under the name of Point Pleasant.
    By this act, Point Pleasant became the oldest town on the Ohio River.
    www.pointpleasantwv.org/ MasonCoHistory/ MasonCountyHistoryWebPage.htm

  • Point Pleasant was incorporated in 1833.


  • 1854 - Point Pleasant
    Point Pleasant, a post-village, capital of Mason co., Virginia, on the Ohio river just above the mouth of the Kanawha river, 358 miles W. N. W. from...Read MORE...


  • News 1888 - On the 14th two men were killed and three others fatally injured by the fall of a trestle on the railroad at Point Pleasant, W. Va.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    February 18, 1888

  • 1895 - Point Pleasant
    Point Pleasant, a post-village, capital of Mason co., W. Va., is on the Ohio River, just above the mouth of the Kanawha River, 80 miles below...Read MORE...


  • 1906
    Point Pleasant, a banking post-town, capital of Mason co., W.Va., is on the Ohio River, just above the mouth of the Great Kanawha River, 80 miles...Read MORE...


  • News 1911 - MET TRAGIC DEATH
    Mrs. James GARDNER, Jr., of Pt. Pleasant, Died in Burning of Home
    Point Pleasant was the scene Wednesday of the funeral of Mrs. James Gardner, Jr.,...Read MORE...


  • Point Pleasant, West Virginia, USA
    Old Mansion House, Built 1796
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  • Point Pleasant, West Virginia, USA
    Court House
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  • Point Pleasant, West Virginia, USA
    Kanawha River Shadle Bridge
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  • News December 15, 1967 - The Silver Bridge connecting West Virginia and Ohio collapsed, resulting in the death of 46 people.
    OHIO RIVER SPAN COLLAPSES; DEATH TOLL MAY REACH SIXTY.

    Point Pleasant, W. Va., (UPI) - A depression-era bridge, groaning under the weight of rush...Read MORE...




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  • In the Battle of Point Pleasant (October 10, 1774), fought on the future site of the town,
    over one thousand Virginia militiamen, led by Colonel Andrew Lewis (1720–1781), defeated a roughly equal force of an Algonquin confederation of... Read MORE...

  • 1794 - In December 1794, the General Assembly of Virginia enacted legislation that set aside 200 acres of land from the property of Thomas Lewis and declared that a town be established under the name of Point Pleasant.
    By this act, Point Pleasant became the oldest town on the Ohio River.
    www.pointpleasantwv.org/ MasonCoHistory/ MasonCountyHistoryWebPage.htm
  • Point Pleasant was incorporated in 1833.
  • 1854 - Point Pleasant
    Point Pleasant, a post-village, capital of Mason co., Virginia, on the Ohio river just above the mouth of the Kanawha river, 358 miles W. N. W. from... Read MORE...

  • News  1888 - On the 14th two men were killed and three others fatally injured by the fall of a trestle on the railroad at Point Pleasant, W. Va.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    February 18, 1888
  • 1895 - Point Pleasant
    Point Pleasant, a post-village, capital of Mason co., W. Va., is on the Ohio River, just above the mouth of the Kanawha River, 80 miles below... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Point Pleasant, a banking post-town, capital of Mason co., W.Va., is on the Ohio River, just above the mouth of the Great Kanawha River, 80 miles... Read MORE...

  • News  1911 - MET TRAGIC DEATH
    Mrs. James GARDNER, Jr., of Pt. Pleasant, Died in Burning of Home
    Point Pleasant was the scene Wednesday of the funeral of Mrs. James Gardner, Jr.,... Read MORE...

  • News  December 15, 1967 - The Silver Bridge connecting West Virginia and Ohio collapsed, resulting in the death of 46 people.
    OHIO RIVER SPAN COLLAPSES; DEATH TOLL MAY REACH SIXTY.

    Point Pleasant, W. Va., (UPI) - A depression-era bridge, groaning under the weight of rush... Read MORE...

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