Charleston Town Center opened in 1983 as the largest downtown-based shopping mall located east of the Mississippi River. At the time, it included four anchor stores: JCPenney, Sears, Kaufmann’s and Montgomery Ward. Date of this photo is unknown.

When the eastern end of the Washington Street bridge over Elk River in Charleston collapsed from its support early Sept. 20, 1971, and fell in a shower of sparks and noise, Gov. Arch Moore immediately announced that all efforts to salvage the old span went “under the bridge” and a new one wo…

The city purchased 25 fluorescent orange emblems to place on slow-moving vehicles such as lawn mowers, tractors and snow plows. It is part of a national campaign to alert drivers that there is something ahead, in this case a slow-moving vehicle on the highway. Safety officials hope it will c…

Here’s a sampling of the crowd of out-of-state motorists who stopped by in September 1966 for the Charleston Pilot Club’s Labor Day Coffee Break held back of the state capitol. Approximately 600 traveling motorists stopped during the day for free coffee, soft drinks and cookies provided by m…

Charleston postal workers aren’t losing work time because of influenza. They lined up for a mass inoculation at the main post office. Mrs. Vincent Ciccarello (left) and Mrs. Charles Gregg (right), whose husbands are employed by the federal agency, line up clerks, carriers and secretaries to …

“Sing-Out ‘66” stopped traffic along Capitol Street during an impromptu concert on the lawn at Davis Park in front of the YMCA as 150 young people sang of the glories of Freedom and America. The “Up With People” concert, sponsored by Pace Magazine, which is the official publication of the yo…

An afternoon downpour sent a wall of water racing down Allen Fork, a long and winding creek which empties into the Poca River near the Jackson County line. Allen’s Chapel was washed from its foundation and carried 100 feet by flood waters. Aug. 19, 1980 photo.

Antique? Not really, but hunters seem to think they are. These oil-burning lamps were reported stolen from C&O Railway in the Charleston area and other parts of the state. Some were seen for sale in antique shops. Railway police, local and federal law enforcement agencies joined in the a…

Houston Astros manager Bill Virdon (second from right) stands with three of his players who had stops in Charleston on their way to the big leagues — center fielder Terry Puhl, 21; right-handed pitcher Tom Dixon, 22; and outfielder Art Howe. The Astros were in town to play an exhibition game…

Jesse Stuart likes people and writing. He found signing books for readers attending The Diamond autographing party an enjoyable task. He’s a mountain man who still lives among the people about whom he writes. His home is a clapboard-covered log house just a short distance from where he was b…

These volunteers were among a relay team that carried the Olympic flame from Canada — from left, Ronnie Peggs of St. Albans carries the torch, Charles J. Spainhour of St. Albans, Scott Miller of South Charleston, Paul Prendergast of Charleston, Roger Pitt of Sissonville, and Charles T. Spain…

Instructor Victor Amin makes a point to Geneva Foster during an eight-week course for transcription typists sponsored by the State Department of Employment Security under the Federal Work Incentive Program (WIN). Aug. 6, 1969 photo by Chet Hawes.

Charleston’s first covered mall — The Arcade — was constructed in 1895. The upper levels were trademarked by the balcony around four sides, with wrought iron railing enclosing it. July 20, 1976 photo by Earl Benton.

Ready for the pony ride are Guy Koon, Missy Higginbotham and teacher Fay Parson as they take part in a summer learning program at St. Albans Park. July 29, 1980, photo by Craig Cunningham.

Newlyweds Andy and Nettie Beiler are on a 900-mile trip to their home in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. At their leisurely pace, the trip will take them about six weeks. The Amish couple passed through the Kanawha Valley on their way from Kentucky where Nettie’s parents live and the couple …

On July 19, 1961, heavy rains caused floodwaters and mud slides that killed 22 people in the Garrison Avenue, Elk Two-Mile and Campbells Creek areas in and around Charleston. Several homes were destroyed and the devastation could be overwhelming for some. July 19, 1961, photo by Chet Hawes.

Children celebrate Independence Day by splashing around in the wading pool at Nitro City Park. Other celebrants gather around a country and western band in the background. July 4, 1974 photo by Earl Benton

Children celebrate Independence Day by splashing around in the wading pool at Nitro City Park. Other celebrants gather around a country and western band in the background. July 4, 1974 photo by Earl Benton.

Tim Gregory, from Braxton County, fishes Sutton Lake’s spillway until it reopens. A lack of rain and low-water levels due to earlier construction has prevented the lake from opening so far this year. June 30, 1980 photo by Craig Cunningham.

Each of these three Dodge trucks with Leach packer bodies represent $8,758 worth of equipment with which to collect Charleston garbage. Mayor Dodson (center) and Incinerator Supt. Bennie Patterson (right) accept delivery of the trucks from Tag Galyean. The packing mechanism compresses garbag…

Barbara and Vickie Summers, of Pinch, successfully staged a demonstration on the use of horticulture crops at the area 4-H roundup at Camp Virgil Tate and won a chance to go the the state finals at Jackson’s Mill. June 13, 1970, photo by Earl Benton.

Some happy Kanawha County school children who have been in a summer tutoring program were having fun during a picnic at Kanawha State Forest. Action for Appalachia — Youth Community Development Inc. arranged the arts and crafts instruction for 370 this summer. Children from Amandaville, Olco…

In the catbird seat: Unidentified spectators were perched atop the old Washington Hotel building on Summers Street to observe the morning’s Memorial Day parade in downtown Charleston. The Capitol Theater was showing “The Sugarland Express,” one of director Steven Spielberg’s first works, sta…

Slugger enjoys riding along on his owner Rick Hall’s motorcycle. The dog liked to chase the motorcycle, so 16-year-old Hall placed him in a box on the back. It didn’t care for the box, but enjoyed riding on the gas tank, thanks to a cushion which keeps him from sliding off. Hall was a studen…

Daily Mail reporter Charles Ferguson cleans a windshield while 52.9-cents-a-gallon gasoline is pumped into the car’s tank (56.9 cents for premium). He spent the afternoon at a local service station to get motorists’ reaction to the declining number of attendants who still cleaned windshields…

An Air National Guard captain with the 130th Air Commando Group in Charleston inspects the equipment inside a C-97 cargo plane that the unit is taking to the Panama Canal for two weeks training. The 130th is one of the few groups in country to deploy outside the United States. Jan. 21, 1966, photo.

A C-97 cargo plane waits at Charleston Airport to carry equipment to the Panama Canal for the 130th Air Commando Group of the local Air National Guard, where the unit will be for two weeks training. The 130th is one of the few groups in country to deploy outside the United States. Jan. 21, 1…

At Kanawha Elementary School, first grader Mark Smith, son of Gov. Hulett Smith, arrived with his mother, Mary, for the first day of school in August 1966. The first lady straightened her son’s sweater before sending him into the building. Two other Smith children, Suzaine and Paul, also are…

Crewmen prepare the ground for grass to be planted on the traffic island on Lee Street near C&P Telephone Co. building. The Municipal Beautification Commission is sending crews to various city-owned plots of ground for similar spruce-up. March 16, 1966, photo by Earl Benton. Note: The ol…

Hair styling is the “in” thing for men according to instructors at Charleston Barber College. Students practice on Pat McFann, co-owner and instructor at the school. From left, Robert Prichard of Beckley, John Dukes, a former construction worker from Brooklyn, New York, May Fruit of Charlest…

Peace Corps members recruit new members at West Virginia State College. Interested students Robert Fields of Nitro, Randy Wharton of St. Albans, and Rufus Newlin of New York talk with volunteers recruiters Kevin Lowther, Michael Smith, Elizabeth O’Connell and Catherine Brown. Lowther spent t…

Members of the 29th annual All-Kanawha County Band Festival’s junior high band practice under the direction of William Brophy of Ohio University in preparation of a free concert at Municipal Auditorium. April 7, 1966 photo.

Elementary students who live along secondary Route 33 near Sissonville must walk across Coon Creek Bridge twice a day under supervision of bus driver C.O. Hackney. The bridge has a 3-ton weight limit. The empty bus weighs between 5 and 6 tons. Division of Highways officials say the bridge is…

Shamrock No. 2 moves houses from Kanawha Street (now Kanawha Boulevard) for the building of the new state Capitol in the mid-1920s. The barge captain is Capt. Annis Boggs. The sign reads: Being moved for Noyes and Young Realtors, Charleston, W.Va. by John Eichleay Jr. Co., Pittsburgh, Pa.