Blennerhassett Family Tree
Genealogy one-name study - by Bill Jehan
 

 
"Hotel Blennerhassett"
or
"The Blennerhassett Hotel"
 
Parkersburg, Wood Co., West Virginia, USA

The city of Parkersburg lies on the east bank of the Ohio River, across the water from "Blennerhassett Island" (Wood County, West Virginia) and the city of Belpre (Washington County, Ohio). The district of Parkersburg directly opposite the island is called "Blennerhassett" and several businesses, clubs and institutions in the surrounding area took their name from the island.
 
Perhaps best known is "Hotel Blennerhassett", a.k.a.
 "The Blennerhassett Hotel" or "The Blennerhassett".
Built at the junction of Fourth Street and Market Street when Parkersburg was booming because of the new oil and gas industry, it was initially intended to be named "The Argyle". Opened in 1889, it was first leased to George Campbell and quickly became a landmark, well known to travellers on the Ohio River. The hotel is listed in the U.S. "National Register of Historical Places".
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
STATIONERY
 
 
 
Hotel Blennerhassett - first stationery 1889
detail of envelope
 
Blennerhassett Hotel
"real photograph postcard" c1910-1918 
 
 
"Hotel Blennerhassett", Parkersburg, West Virginia, envelope 1891
 

 
Hotel Blennerhassett
GEO[RGE] CAMPBELL, Proprietor.
PARKERSBURG, W[EST] V[IRGINI]A
 
The building was leased to George Campbell
when newly built in 1889.
 
"Real Photograph Postcards" (RPPC) are original photographs developed directly on photographic paper of the same size and weight as a conventional postcard, with postcard markings on the reverse. The image is not printed onto the card but a quantity of almost identical cards could be made from a single negative.
The earliest "Real Photograph Postcard" was produced in 1899.
 
 

 
Hotel Blennerhassett first stationery 1889, envelope mailed 1891
 
"Blennerhassett Hotel" stationery, envelope mailed 1955
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
Hotel Blennerhassett - Ohio River flood 1913 - "real photograph postcard" AZO
 
 


 
 
 

BLENNERHASSETT HOTEL, PARKERSBURG - 5 & 10 cent MERCHANT or TRADE TOKENS (early 20th century)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NOTE: For this "Blennerhassett Club" token / identification tag, click here
 
"Schenkman's West Virginia Merchant Token Catalog", Parkersburg p.294
 
 
Schenkman's Catalog: B34-5,
 
5 cents brass, 21 mm diameter

BLENNERHASSETT  HOTEL
PARKERSBURG, W. VA.

GOOD FOR  * 5¢ *  IN TRADE




Schenkman's Catalog: B30-5,
5 cents brass, 21 mm diameter
BLENNERHASSETT   *

GOOD FOR  5¢  IN TRADE




Schenkman's Catalog: B35-10,
chamber pot shape, encased
10 cents aluminium, 33x39 mm
1902 Indian Head one cent coin


BLENNERHASSETT HOTEL
JNO. S. McKOWN, PROP.
GOOD FOR 10¢ IN TRADE
PARKERSBURG, W. VA.
 
JUNG & CO. CIN, O.
 
GO WAY BACK AND SIT DOWN
 
KEEP ME
 & NEVER BE CAUGHT SHORT
 
PAT. APL'D FOR
What may be a variant in brass of Schenkman B36-5 is archived as Call No.843 in West Virginia and Regional History Collection :
"Stamped brass token from the Blennerhassett Hotel, Parkersburg, W. Va. - Verso side had: Good for five cents in trade at Bar."

 
 


 
 
 
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 "Hotel Blennerhassett" Matchbook Cover, c1955-1960
"Hotel Blennerhassett" key fob 1950s (above) & 1960s (below)
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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