St. Albans Historical Society, WV
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Virginian Rubber Company

ca. 1920-1924.   Located on the site of present day Morgan’s Kitchen.


-     Built in 1920 on 41 acres of land along the highway from the present

    Ordnance Park (ca. 1941) ... and before MacCorkle Ave. (late 1940’s).

-   Located on the site of present day Morgan’s Kitchen.

-   In old photos... it appears to be a two story concrete or brick structure.

-   Manufactured ‘Virginian’ tires, tubes, toy balloons, balls, and rubber dolls.

-  Railroad spurs lead to C&O railroad. Grade is still visible at tennis courts.

-  Probably ... much more conc. is still covered with earth at this site..

-  Employed several hundred employees.

-  Destroyed by fire onJanuary 13, 1924.

-  Damage estimate was $500,000.

-  The plant never rebuilt.

-  4 years later the site was considered for a Kanawha Co. Airport

-  Old land description lists Willow Street  & Cleveland Ave. Willow St. ran to

   the river and Clevland Ave. ran parallel to the railroad tracks....both were dirt.


 

virginia rubber map

(Above) Drawing from late 1920's (plant was gone at this time but still shown and Ordnance Park is shown but not built until 1940..probably added to picture later)


                           (Above) Two Story concrete (or brick) building being built.

Concrete still present. (above)

Virginian Rubber RR grade

Rail Road Siding (left raised area) going to the site.

Located at playground at Ordnance Park