In 1909, the seeds of industry took root amid a cluster of rural communities in the northern panhandle of West Virginia. As the steel mills grew, the communities merged to become the town of Weirton. In its industrial heyday, Weirton was once home to the eighth largest integrated steel producer in the nation.
The city of Weirton is divided between Brooke and Hancock counties. Weirton is the only city in the United States that sits in one state while its borders touch two other states: Ohio and Pennsylvania. From Weirton, the visitor is a mere 20 minutes from the Pittsburgh International Airport.
The Homer Laughlin China Company is based in Newell, less than 18 miles from Weirton. The producer of the colorful Fiesta® Dinnerware, Homer Laughlin is the largest domestic producer of china dinnerware in the United States.
About 10 miles from Weirton is the 1,398-acre Tomlinson Run State Park. The park features a heavily-forested wilderness as well as a lake, game courts, hiking trails, miniature golf, picnic shelters, campsites and yurts.
A 30 minute jaunt will take the visitor to Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort in Chester, where fine dining, entertainment and the excitement of more than 3,200 slots and gaming tables await.
- July sizzles with festivals, including the Greek Festival where visitors enjoy homemade foods and traditional Greek music, and the Renaissance Festival with bands, games, food and all-day entertainment.
- During the August Peach Festival, feast on peach shortcakes and shop for crafts and white-elephant sale bargains.
- Summer ends but the festivities continue with September’s Harvest Festival. Activities include live music, crafts, food, exhibits and a car show.
The leading employers in Weirton today include Crown Cork & Seal, ArcelorMittal, Ball Metal Food & Household Products Packaging Division, and Nestle.