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Union Carbide Corporation

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1925 to present. North side of MacCorkle Ave. between Patrick St. Bridge (U.S. 60) and Avenue D (including Blaine Island)

These immense industrial works occupy more than three hundred acres, including a large portion of South Charleston's river frontage and all of Blaine Island. Red brick buildings, silver tanks, and endless mazes of pipes characterize the plant. In 1941 the WPA guide gave a fine sense of activity within: “The plant is wreathed in fogs of steam and white smoke by day, and bathed in blazing incandescence by night as 2,500 employees produce alcohols, ethers, esters, ketones, aldehydes, amines, chlorinated hydrocarbons, resins, and acids.” The plant and newer buildings that make up the company's technical center to the south are not open to the public but are easily seen from MacCorkle Avenue and I-64.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.


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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "Union Carbide Corporation", [South Charleston, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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