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Morgantown WV is the county seat of
Monongalia County and is considered part of the Pittsburgh PA Tri-State region. Morgantown WV is just south of the Mason Dixon Line and is located at the intersection of Interstate 79 and Interstate 68. Morgantown WV is home to West Virginia University. The Morgantown Municipal Airport is located in Morgantown WV.
Downtown Morgantown is a mixture of small retail businesses, restaurants, and residential units. Most buildings have been there since the turn-of-the-century. The historic downtown area remains the focal point of the City and borders the West Virginia University Main Campus.
The Metropolitan Theatre is located in the Downtown Morgantown Historic District and is one of the surviving examples of neoclassical revival architecture.
The Wharf District is located next to the
Monongahela River and the Caperton Trail in what was once an old warehouse district. It is now a revitalized growing commercial and residential center. The Caperton Trail includes 6 miles of paved surface perfect for walking, rollerblading, strolling, and biking. Would you like to relocate to Morgantown WV?
West Virginia University Hospitals, in Morgantown, provides the areas medical and surgical care. It includes:
•Ruby Memorial Hospital
•WVU Children's Hospital
•Chestnut Ridge Center
•WVU Eye Institute
•Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center
•Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center
•Rosenbaum Family House
• Cheat Lake Physicians office
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Morgantown West Virginia featured story
Zackuill Morgan would never recognize the city that bears his name. Morgan and his brother, David, entered the area of Virginia that would become Morgantown in about 1767. Today, a key city in West Virginia, Morgantown offers "mountains of opportunity" for business development and expansion, according to the City of Morgantown website. “This is one of the major growth areas in the state. Morgantown continues to grow and develop in many areas including housing, manufacturing, research, and commercial sectors. Morgantown shows continued population growth for the last 20 years, and is located in one of the fastest growing counties in the state,” city officials declare. Morgantown is the county seat of Monongalia County located along the Monongahela River and close to the Pennsylvania border in the north central part of West Virginia. Morgantown and Monongalia County have consistently seen some of the lowest unemployment rates in the state. Some of the major employers in the area include the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Mylan Pharmaceuticals, and West Virginia University, the largest institution of higher education in the state with an annual enrollment of nearly 29,000 students. Morgantown also is the medical, cultural, and commercial hub of the region. Daytime population estimates total 70,000 people in Morgantown.
Hometown legends include Don Knotts, David Selby, Lawrence Kasdan, and Jerry West (WVU Athlete). Within a 500-mile radius of Morgantown is one-half of the population of the United States and one-third of the population of Canada. Morgantown is one day’s drive from six of the eight largest U.S. metropolitan areas, 20 metro areas with populations of 1 million or more, and 22 of the nation’s top 35 industrial markets. Morgantown is located at the intersection of Interstate 79 and Interstate 68, giving visitors and businesses easy access to large cities in all directions.
According to city officials, Greater Morgantown’s heritage is reflected in its architecture, artwork, cuisine and celebrations. Countless customs and traditions passed down over generations are a vibrant part of daily life here and make “Mountaineer Country” an epicenter of Appalachian culture. But the region was an ethnic melting pot as well; as early as the 1880’s into the 1920’s coal mines attracted immigrants from Europe. Slovak, Polish, Hungarian, and Italian roots are common in the region, and their heritage has become an indistinguishable part of the Greater Morgantown fabric. There is no shortage of ways to discover the many facets of the region’s history, starting with Arthurdale, “Eleanor’s Little Village.” The community was nurtured by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt when it became the first New Deal project. The living history museum traces the fascinating connection between a West Virginia community and the First Lady in the 1930s.
Local events such as the Preston County Buckwheat Festival, WVU Mountaineer Week, Arts Walk, and the Civil War Weekend celebrating the Victory of Rowlesburg gives visitors the chance to rub shoulders with locals and understand what makes the region tick. Morgantown officials add that a walking audio tour of downtown Morgantown reveals the city’s historic architecture through structures like the majestic Metropolitan Theatre, home to vaudeville acts featuring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Helen Hayes. No less than 10 of WVU’s downtown campus buildings are on the national register of historic places.
Morgantown is closely tied to the Anglo-French struggle for this territory. Until the Treaty of Paris in 1763, what is now known as Morgantown was greatly contested among settlers and native Americans, as well as the British and the French. The treaty decided the issue in favor of the British, but Indian fighting continued almost to the beginning of the American Revolution. Zackquill Morgan settled the area about 1772 by establishing a homestead near present-day Fayette Street and University Avenue. Morgan fought in both the French and Indian War and the American Revolution, rising to the rank of colonel. By 1783, following his wartime duties, Colonel Morgan commissioned Major William Haymond to survey his land and divide it into streets and lots. Colonel Morgan then received a legal certificate for 400 acres in the area of his settlement near the mouth of Decker's Creek. Fifty acres were mapped for Morgan's Town by the Virginia General Assembly in October 1785. On Feb. 3, 1838, the Virginia General Assembly enacted a municipal charter incorporating the city, now with a population of about 700, as Morgantown, Virginia. The town became part of the newly created state of West Virginia on June 20, 1863. For more information, go online to www.morgantownwv.gov.
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