Northern West Virginia’s Petro-Chemical Industry


Nearly all of the Appalachian studies research in West Virginia has been on the Southern coal fields. Although coal is present in every county in the state, other industries are far more present in some sections of this state. Specifically the timber and chemical industry have been ignored in scholarship. The scope of this pathfinder is to identify sources of information for future research on the non-coal economy of Northern West Virginia. This division is problematic the same industries are very interrelated with the rest of the state. Tourism is also neglected by this pathfinder as is agriculture.

Introductory Text: 

Deever, Bryan. Parkersburg High School: a study in hegemony. Oxford, OH: Miami University, 1989. ASU APP COLL MIC MicF 58

Library of Congress Subject Headings: 
  • West Virginia -- Economic conditions
  • West Virginia -- Social conditions
  • West Virginia -- Environmental conditions
  • Industrialization -- West Virginia
  • Statesmen -- West Virginia -- Biography
  • Union Carbide Corporation
  • Pollution -- West Virginia -- Institute
  • West Virginia -- History -- Periodicals
  • Parkersburg (W. Va.) -- Periodicals
Clipping Files Subject Headings – W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection: 
  • Environment (one file)
  • West Virginia General (four files)
Library of Congress Call Numbers: 
  • F106
  • F259
  • HC107.W5

Ford, Thomas R. The Southern Appalachian Region: A Survey. Lexington, KY. University of Kentucky Press, 1962. p.263 ASU APP COLL HC107.K4 S58

Harris, Kate. Parkersburg : history of city from time of its settlement to the present in gripping narrative from the pen of the late Miss Kate Harris. Parkersburg: Parkersburg Dispatch-News, February 16, 1913. Copied by Virginia Laughlin, 1956. ASU APP COLL F249.P2 H37 1956

Lewis, Ronald L. Transforming the Appalachian Countryside : Railroads, Deforestation, and Social Change in West Virginia, 1880-1920. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1998. APP COLL HC107.W5 L39 1998

Thoenen, Eugene. History of the Oil and Gas Industry in West Virginia. Charleston, WV: Education Foundation, Inc., 1964. ASU APP COLL HD9567.W4 T45

McKain, David L. & Allan, Bernard L. Where It All Began: The Story of the People and Places where the Oil Industry Began- West Virginia and Southeastern Ohio. Parkersburg, WV: David McKain, 1999.

Williams, John Alexander. Appalachia: A History. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2002. p.263 APP COLL F106.W68 2002 c.2.
Chemical Industry

Williams, John Alexander. Captains of Industry. Morgantown : West Virginia University Library, 1976. p295 APP COLL HC107.W5 W54

Williams, John Alexander. West Virginia, A History. American Association for State and Local History. NY: Norton, 1984 ASU MAIN STACKS F241 .W722 2001


American Chemical Association: Trade journal.

Goldenseal: Journal of state history. ASU APP COLL F241 .G64

Wild, Wonderful West Virginia: Published by the West Virginia division of natural resources.

“Closeup: Charleston, W.Va.” Chemical Week, November 19, 1966. APP COLL Oversize F 249.C4 C51

“Growing Competitiveness of Appalachia: Strategic Science in Technology Planning in West Virginia.”, Fall 2003. Volume 9, Number 2. p.293-320 ASU APP COLL F106 .J74

Audio and Video Sources: 

Chemical Valley. Produced, directed, and edited by Mimi Pickering and Anne Lewis Johnson Chemical Valley APP COLL VIDEO VC20.

Green Rolling Hills. Ecology Center productions ; produced, directed and edited by Doug Hawes-Davis. Missoula, MT: High Plains Films, c1995. Dawes Library, Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio: VIDEOS MAIN FLOOR TS1173 .G744 1995

Other Sources: 

Williams, John Alexander. Davis and Elkins of West Virginia: Businessmen in Politics. Yale Dissertation. Ann Arbor, Michigan University Microfilms, 1967. ASU APP COLL MIC MicF 210.

Sulfridge, Luke. Cancer Valley, USA: Northern Appalachia and the Third Dimension of Power: A case study of Parkersburg, WV, the larger Mid-Ohio Valley’s “Chemical Valley” and its people. Undergraduate Thesis, Berea College, 2002.

  • Charleston Gazette
  • Huntington Herald Dispatch
  • Parkersburg News and Sentinel
  • Point Pleasant Registrar
Compiled by: 

Compiler: Luke Sulfridge, 2004