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Activities, lesson plans, and other resources for teachers using the collections of the West Virginia & Regional History Center

Industrialization

Railroads continued to emerge and grow in West Virginia during this period.  The Baltimore & Ohio, Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad, and Norfolk & Western Railroads and their branch lines crossed the state.  This enabled the growth of the coal, oil, and gas industries because their products could be now be easily transported across the nation to new markets. This along with the logging of heavily forested areas of the state and access to major waterways allow for several industrial centers to develop.