Charleston, West Virginia, was a different town in the 1970’s. There was no Charleston Town Center nor South Ridge while Capitol Street was an entirely different place. What memories do these photos bring back for you? Tell us in the comments!

1. Here’s Downtown from the air:

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2. This was Capitol Street:

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3. Looking away from the river:

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4. Here’s a view from Swathmore Ave.

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5. This was some of the entertainment

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6. Hanging out in front of the Library

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7. There was so much to do on Capitol Street

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8. The Capitol was just as beautiful then

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9. The river has always provided fun

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10. Did anybody else swim in the river?

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11. The area was known for its chemical plants

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12. Which weren’t the cleanest

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13. And made for some hazy days

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14. But people swam in the water anyway

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15. This was the John Amos Plant before all the towers were operational

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16. Does anybody remember the Job Corps?

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17. Kanwaha Falls has always been a great spot to relax

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18. Here’s I-77 under construction

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19. From another angle:

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20. Here’s a park in South Charleston

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21. This was South Charleston

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22. Getting ready for a yard sale in Poca

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23. Some Little Leaguers in Cedar Grove

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24. Sipping some coffee in Cedar Grove

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25. A VW mini-bus in South Charleston, Salamies store in the background

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26. A coal barge headed up the river

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27. The South Hills Bridge

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28. Just another hazy day…

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What do you miss most? Tell us in the comments!

All photos via The National Archives/Public Domain

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