Saturday, March 25, 2006

W. Va.'s Northern Panhandle - No Slaw Zone

In order to solve a long running border dispute between families in Pennsylvania and Virginia, Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon were brought from England to survey a new border between the two states. Encounters with hostile natives stopped their expedition short of the Ohio River, which would probably have become the physical feature that would have been used to mark the western boudary of Pennsylvania. Instead, a line that ran due north from the end of their survey became the line between Ohio County Virginia and Washington County PA. When West Virginia was formed in 1863 this area was broken into three counties that now make up our state's northern panhandle.

So, I will assert here, if Mason and Dixon had been a tad more courageous and continued their journey the entire northern panhandle would likely now be part of Pennsylvania. Which from my experience this weekend would be just fine with me since it is impossible to buy hot dog with slaw anywhere in Wheeling.

I might need to change the name of this blog to "WV Hot Dog Below the Latitude of 39 degrees, 43 minutes and 17.6 seconds Blog"

Kinda catchy, huh?


Anonymous said...

The panhandle is also a bitch to drive through.

Pinch Gut Pete said...

Keep your slaw dogs to yourselves. Yann's is the best dog.