July 24, 2014

Conditions at Parkersburg, Mid Ohio Valley Regional Airport, WV
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Dreaming of a White Thanksgiving?

It's been almost 60 years, but people still talk about Thanksgiving 1950!

It may have been almost 60 years ago, but people still describe the bad snowstorm that snowbound them for Thanksgiving back in 1950.

Many people recall planning on going to a relatives' house, and then discovering that travel was near impossible that holiday.

Some memories claim there were five foot drifts in the mid-Ohio valley, while others say it was just blowing and drifting that made it so bad.

Certainly the storm was widespread, as it appears in the record books for many states in the Northeast.

If you have photos of this story, we'd love to see them and post a few for others to see.

Recently, someone advised me that there's a single black and white photo of the snow from above the Theatre, posted on the wall inside Jimmy Columbo's Italian Resturant on 7th Street at Route 47.  I've see the photo, and while it confirms there was snow, it's not the best angle.

I've also heard that the late Glenn Wilson told the story of how he and his wife attended  a movie showing, but when the film ended, the audience couldn't exit the Theatre due to the drifted snow against the door!

Where were you in the year 1950?   Most of the GIs were home and married after WWII.  WTAP was under development.

And there were only three networks on TV at the time, and most were only black and white.

Do you remember those mounds of white?

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