Weirton

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weirton

city, Brooke and Hancock counties, in the northern panhandle of West Virginia, U.S., on the Ohio River (bridged just south to Steubenville, Ohio). The area, originally settled during the American Revolution, has a long history of iron making. In the 1790s Peter Tarr built a crude furnace on nearby King's Creek to smelt local iron ore. Cannonballs, used by the U.S. fleet under Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry against the British in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812, were made there.

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