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Coordinates: 40°04′14″N 80°43′59″W / 40.07056°N 80.73306°W / 40.07056; -80.73306

Buildings on Wheeling Island as viewed across the east channel of the Ohio River from downtown Wheeling in 2006. The hills in the background are in Belmont County, Ohio.

Wheeling Island is the most densely populated island in the Ohio River. It lies within the city of Wheeling in Ohio County, West Virginia, in the United States. The 2000 census showed a resident population of 3,142 persons on the island, which has a land area of 1.514 km² (374 acres).[1] Neville Island, PA is larger (3.4km²) but has fewer people (1232).

Wheeling Island is home to the Wheeling Island Racetrack and Gaming Center at Wheeling Downs. The island lies at the mouths of Wheeling Creek of Ohio and Wheeling Creek of West Virginia.

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Bridges

Wheeling Island is connected to downtown Wheeling via the Fort Henry Bridge, which carries Interstate 70, the National Road (U.S. Route 40), and U.S. Route 250, and the Wheeling Suspension Bridge.

Two additional bridges cross the back channel of the Ohio River to connect the island to Bridgeport, one for Interstate 70, and a second for US 250 and US 40.

Variant names

Originally known by various names including Zanes Island and Madison Island, the Board on Geographic Names decided upon Wheeling Island as the bar's official name in 1902.

See also

References

  1. ^ U.S. Census Bureau: Census Tracts 5 and 6, Ohio County, West Virginia

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