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Peoples University: "Wheeling in Literature", Meeting #4

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A New Flag for a New Era

Read about the fascinating meaning and symbolism behind our new flag!

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The City of Wheeling flag was adopted by City Council on September 5, 2018. It was designed by Erin Rothenbuehler, with input from Travis Henline and Jay Frey, and with history milestones developed by Sean Duffy to commemorate Wheeling’s 250th anniversary.

The flag’s two horizontal blue bars at the top and bottom represent the Ohio River and Wheeling Creek, with a third white bar in the flag’s center. Together the three bars symbolize the three major modes of transportation that built Wheeling: river, road, and rail.

In the white bar or field are five stars, each representing a major era in Wheeling's historic past:

This star represents Wheeling’s indigenous people including the Wyandot, Shawnee, Delaware (Lenape) and Mingo. "Wheeling" is derived from the place name “Wee-lunk” given by the Lenape, meaning “place of the skull.”

The star symbolizes the Zane brothers’ settlement of Wheeling in 1769. It also represents Fort Henry, which was besieged in 1777 and again in 1782. Wheeling’s most famous acts of pioneer heroism occurred in connection with the sieges. It was during the first siege that Major Samuel McColloch leapt on horseback down Wheeling Hill, escaping capture and death. During the second siege Betty Zane made her dash from the fort to her brother’s block house, returning safely to the fort with gunpowder to resupply the defenders. The second siege is recognized as the last land battle of the Revolutionary War.

This star represents Wheeling’s significant role as a hub of early modes of transportation: the Ohio River, the National Road (1818) and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (1852).

The star symbolizes Wheeling’s importance in the Civil War as birthplace of the only state born of that conflict and West Virginia’s first capital. It also honors the abolishment of slavery.

This star represents Wheeling as a manufacturing center producing iron, steel, cut nails, glass, tile, cigars and other goods. Wheeling’s industries attracted an influx of immigrants from Germany, Ireland, Poland, Italy, Lebanon, Greece, and Eastern Europe. Wheeling was in the vanguard of the labor movement and formation of labor unions.

Design Elements and Colors

The eight-sided "navigation" star was chosen for the flag to honor Wheeling’s role as a transportation hub. This star is traditionally used on compasses, maps, nautical charts and monuments to display the orientation of the cardinal directions (N, E, S, and W) and their intermediate points (NE, SE, SW, NW). As the birthplace of West Virginia, the official state colors are used in the City of Wheeling flag.

All Wheeling 250 flag products are made in the USA by the Annin Flag Company.

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