Welcome to my WV home  

As a native West Virginian,  I have grown, lived, and worked in WV for most of my life.  I have seen many changes, both good and bad.  I have witnessed the best we have to offer, and the worst.  West Virginians have always been relegated to their fate:  They don't ask for much, and so are rarely disappointed.  Most consider WV a good place to start a family where it's relatively safe from the big city problems.  But we have always lacked the sites and sounds and yes... the job opportunities of the larger cities.  So it's very much the norm for people to have to leave and find their fortunes elsewhere.  WV has probably exported more good people than any other state in the Union and yet,  they always call WV home.  This page is for them. The ex patriots who had to leave WV for any number of reasons.  To you I say:  we're still here,  holding down the fort.  Politics is about the same and so are job opportunities, but there has also been improvement.   We welcome you back any chance you get, to remember your roots or just to see what's new.


Here you will find photos of Charleston, Kanawha County and West Virginia in general.  You will find many historical photos along with current photos. You will also see photos of my travels and some interesting "finds" along the way.  You will read some stories that you weren't aware of... or simply forgot.   One more thing:  The history of Charleston is not just about the movers & shakers,  the beautful homes, the old buildings,  or famous streets like Virginia or Quarrier.   Charleston was made up of hard working people that lived in the back part of town and other seedy places that no one seems to want to remember.  Well,   I want to remember them here for the first time,  because I'm proud of their beginnings and how far they've come.  Those people who started like I did deserve to be just as much a part of Charleston history as the Ruffners or the Quarriers.  This site is for them.  So grab a cup of coffee and plan to spend some time!   Jerry




This took place in Charleston and Boone County

"The forgotten Crash Of 1950"

This is the first story ever on the Internet to remember the day that TWO
F-86 Fighter Jets crashed together at the exact same time just outside of town.

Click here For The Story



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A fabulous photo of WV pilots in training during WWII

Photos from the 50s and 60s

Miscellaneous Photos From The 70's



A beautiful machine with an amazing WV connection


1949 Color Footage Of The Woolworth Fire


The strange story behind the old Kanawha Steamer



New Charleston photo book

High Contrast Photos

A look back at 40s, 50s,60s cars


A 1980s Charleston Video



The wonderful tiny houses of Kanawha City


Carbide Building 82 Implosion




Photos of Charleston and around the world by yours truly


More Photos of  WV And Europe

On the following page you will find many more photos that I have taken here in WV, and also in Europe.  This is Panaramio,  which is the company that Google Earth uses to place photos on Google Maps and Google Earth.  If you look at a map of Charleston, or around the state,  there's a good chance that you will see one of my photos.

Click here for more WV photos