Chemical Valley Sunset (Charleston, West Virginia News Mid-1980s)

A montage of news footage from Charleston, WV circa 1985 with appearances by local celebrities Hoy Murphy, Alan Cohen, State Treasurer A. James Manchin, Mayor Mike Rourke, and a brief cameo by Governor Arch Moore– blink and you’ll missss him. We get to see places and events that shaped the Kanawha Valley for years to come including the opening of Laidley Tower, the redevelopment of Capitol and Hale Streets with some rare scenes inside The Strand, a proposal to gild the capitol dome, the return of Charleston’s favorite sternwheeler the P.A. Denny, one simulated chemical leak at Union Carbide and two real ones, interviews with Institute and West Dunbar residents, and the great Garbage Pail Kids moral panic of ‘86.


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