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ary of Pennsylvania is the meridian 5 degrees west of the Delaware. Virginia in ceding to the United States lands beyond the Ohio, in 1784, reserved a strip about 70 miles long upon the Ohio west of Pennsylvania, now known as the Panhandle......March 1, 1784 General Assembly directs the establishment of Morgantown......October, 1785 Wheeling laid out in town lots by Col. Ebenezer Zane......1793 Charleston created by act of legislature......Dec. 19, 1794 Aaron Burr visits Herman Blennerhassett at his island in the Ohio, 2 miles below Parkersburg......1805 First steamboat on the Great Kanawha, the Robert Thompson, ascends the river from Point Pleasant to Red House shoals......1819 John Brown, seeking to free the slaves, captures Harper's Ferry......Oct. 16-17, 1859 Petroleum discovered at Burning Springs, on the north bank of the Kanawha......1860 First public Union meeting in West Virginia, declaring against secession, held at Preston......Nov. 12, 1860 For