A lot has changed in South Charleston over the past couple of decades. These photos prove it.

1. Here two coal tows pass each other near South Charleston on the Kanawha River

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National Archives (Public Domain)

2. Blaine’s Island during the construction of Interstate 64

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National Archives (Public Domain)

3. Another picture from the air, you can see the State Capitol in the distance.

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National Archives (Public Domain)

 4. “The City with a Future”

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National Archives (Public Domain)

5. Taking a break from the work day.

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National Archives (Public Domain)

6. Downtown.

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National Archives (Public Domain)

7. A workman on a barge

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National Archives (Public Domain)

8. Here’s discharge from the Union Carbide plant

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National Archives (Public Domain)

9. A view up the river

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National Archives (Public Domain)

10. Houses close to the Union Carbide plant

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National Archives (Public Domain)

11. Not hard to see at all why they called us Chemical Valley.

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National Archives (Public Domain)

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