Wheeling is located on the northern panhandle of West Virginia. The city has an area of 11 square miles (28 square kilometers). Included in this area is Wheeling Island, located on the Ohio River. The total population of Wheeling is 43,070. Wheeling is located on a plain along the Ohio River. The Ohio River plays an important role in the transportation of coal for the city for the city of Wheeling, as well as the entire state of West Virginia. West Virginia ranks among the top coal producing states in the nation. Minerals are West Virginia's most valuable natural resource. From Wheeling's beginnings as a pre-Revolutionary outpost, the city gained fame as a gateway to the west. Then it became a busy manufacturing center for steel, glass, textiles, and other products. Wheeling was settled in 1768 and incorporated as a city in 1836. It served as the state capital from 1863 to 1870, and from 1875 to 1885. Wheeling owes its commercial and industrial importance to its location on a navigable river in a great natural gas and coal region. There are many things you can do if you visit Wheeling. Located on Wheeling Island, there is race track used for horse racing, as well as dog racing. The city's best known education institution is Wheeling College. Wheeling's most elegant legacy is Oglebay Resort. The resort shines even brighter during the Festival of Lights. Wheeling boasts about another major park - 140 acres. There is also a Jamboree U.S.A. where country music greats preform live.
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