Charleston Municipal Court in 1967 was the first court in the U.S. to admit videotaped evidence, convicting a drunk driver.

The first patent for a soda fountain was granted in 1833 to George Dulty in Wheeling.

Mary Lou Retton, of Fairmont, became the first U.S. gymnast to win gold in women’s all around competition at the 1984 Olympics.

Outdoor advertising had its origin in Wheeling about 1908 when the Bloch Brothers Tobacco Company painted bridges and barns with the wording: “Treat Yourself to the Best, Chew Mail Pouch.”

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