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Weirton is one of three towns in the United States that is nestled between two state borders (Ohio and Pennsylvania). This area offers the charm of a small town, yet it is just under an hour to bigger cities and the Pittsburgh International Airport.
What To Do and See
Veterans Memorial Bridge
For ceramic lovers, you can take a quick trip over the Ohio River and visit the Museum of Ceramics
. Located in a renovated post office that was built in 1909, the Museum of Ceramics highlights the history of pottery making and the ceramic industry, along with extensive exhibits depicting how ceramics are made.
For those that enjoy the cinemas, the Plaza Theatre
is a historic theater that originally opened back in 1970. You can also take up a game of bowling at Steel Valley Bowling Center.
The Veterans Memorial Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge that connects Weirton to the great state of Ohio. This bridge took 17 years to plan, 11 years to build, and replaced the original Fort Steuben Bridge from 1928.
Food & Brews
You can’t visit the area without having Dee Jay’s BBQ
. Voted best ribs in West Virginia by the Food Network, this place has become a must-have for anything hickory smoked.
Not only is this town sandwiched between two states, but it is also sandwiched between two breweries. With just a short drive into PA, you will find Coal Tipple Brewery
. Located on the Kramer families third-generation farm, here you will not only find handcrafted beer but also wines made with locally grown fruits.
A short drive West will take you into Ohio where you will find Dungeon Hollow Brewing
. Located in a historic farmhouse, Dungeon Hollow is known for its Honey Saison Belgian Farmhouse Ale.
1950's photo of the historic Margaret Manson Weir Memorial Pool
The Panhandle Trail
is a rail-trail
in southern Pennsylvania and the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. It occupies an abandoned railroad corridor that had been known as the Panhandle route which has been converted to a bicycle and walking trail. http://panhandletrail.org/
Marland Heights Park
is a historic park was founded in 1934 and offers community members a place to enjoy the outdoors with playgrounds, trails and tennis courts. The original pool, The Margaret Manson Weir Memorial Pool still stands but remains unused until funding can help put this historic 1930’s pool back into working conditions.
Tomlinson Run State Park
is a 1,300-acre state park opened in 1940 and hosts an array of outdoor activities, including a public pool.
Hillman State Park
is a 3,600-acre park that is right across the PA line. It has everything from hiking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, radio-controlled aircraft field, mountain bike trails, and hunting.
Summer High: 83 degrees
Winter Low: 21 degrees
Rain: 40 inches (average)
Snow: 26 inches (average)
Up & Coming
What was once a booming steel town is now on the cusp of revitalization. The town is hoping to get one of the biggest economic development projects in decades. This development will be a mix of warehousing, commerce related to railroad, barge, and trucking. It will also assist with the largest solar project in the state. Learn more about that here
Local Non Profit: Brooke Hancock Family Resource Network
The BHFRN offers a wide range of resources within the county. From family support, concerned citizen programs, special needs coalitions, food assistance, and even teen court programs to help encourage teens to get involved and learn about our judiciary system.
Click here to donate towards this organization
The town's name came from Ernest T Weir, who arrived from Pittsburgh In 1909 and built Weirton Steel, now known as Weirton Steel Corporation.