a native West Virginian, I have grown, lived, and worked in
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
big city problems. But we have always
lacked the sights and sounds and yes... the job opportunities of the
cities. So it's very much the norm for
people to have to leave and find their fortunes elsewhere. WV
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 expatriates who had to leave WV for any
reasons. To you I say: we're still here,
the fort. Politics is about the same and so are job
opportunities, but there has also been improvement.
welcome you back any chance you get, to
remember your roots or just to see what's new.
This site is also dedicated to those who stayed and worked hard without
recognition, without fancy homes or fancy careers.
words, the average working man. Jerry
NOTE: To make it
easy, all new photos are added to the bottom of each decades section.
use these images on Facebook without credit or permission
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.
you have any old photos that might be of interest to others,
please submit them and I will post them on this website. The
best photos always show how an area looked at the time. I
will not post photos only of people. The photo must have
something of interest to more than just the family itself. I
will use my descretion as to the importance and interest of the photo.
Please see the guidelines posted HERE
before you send photos!
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