Statistics are an interesting part of history. For instance, look at those provided about Morgantown 80 years ago by the Morgantown Chamber of Commerce (before the \u201carea\u201d was added to the chamber\u2019s name.)\r\nIt said the city\u2019s slogan was \u201cOrganize for Prosperity.\u201d Its population was estimated at 18,600, up from 16,860 in 1930. It covered 2.3164 square miles, and had three city parks covering 90 acres and valued at $16,000.\r\nThe city\u2019s bonded debt 80 years ago was $880,000. There was one bank and 10 savings and loan associations. Postal receipts for the calendar year 1936 were $97,749.64.\r\nThere were 4,800 telephones in service in the city. Representing 22 denominations, there were 39 churches.\r\nCoal mining and glass manufacturing were the primary industries in the city and surrounding area. They included 13 establishments employing 1,200 workers earning $1,450,000 annually. Coal mining employed an estimated 5,000.\r\nThe retail trading area covered about 25 square miles and a population of an estimated 40,000 persons.\r\nNewspapers included two dailies (one morning and one evening) and one weekly.\r\nRailroads were the Baltimore & Ohio on the east side of the Monongahela River and the Pennsylvania Railroad on the west side. Main roads included U.S. l9 and 119, and W.Va. 7 and 73.\r\nMorgantown Municipal Airport was to be completed in 1937.\r\nThe largest auditorium in the city was said to have seated 1,000. The three \u201cmoving picture theatres\u201d included the Metropolitan, Morgan and Warner. They seated a total 4,000 persons. The lone golf course was the Morgantown Country Club, where the College of Law is now.\r\nThe two hospitals, City Hospital and Monongalia General, had 132 beds.\r\nWVU had 2,500 students. In Morgan District there were 31 public schools with three \u201csenior highs,\u201d one junior high, one parochial school (St. Francis).\r\nPublic schools had 6,600 students and 417 teachers. (There was a Morgantown School District until 1933 when the state\u2019s 55 county board system was created.) Three public libraries had 184,000 volumes. Total city street miles totaled 68, with 32 streets payed with 2 miles under construction. Sewers totaled 59 miles.\r\nThe fire department had 13 paid fire fighters, with one station (in City Hall at Spruce and Fayette) and \u201c5 pieces of motor equipment\u201d valued at $45,000.)\r\nThe Police Department, also in City Hall, had 9 members and 2 cars.\r\nThe report notes that Morgantown was incorporated in 1785 by the State of Virginia. It represented the merger of four municipalities in 1901. It had a high credit rating in 1937, its bonds rated on the market at 110. That year it had construction program of over $1 million under way. That included the airport, garbage incinerator, a city garage, streets, sewers, homes and office buildings.\r\nWVU was described as \u201cMorgantown\u2019s university\u201d and the \u201cstate\u2019s university,\u201d with an executive and teaching staff of about 450 and a student body close to 2,500.\r\nIt said with the budget and student expenditures close to $3,000,000 annually, the university \u201crivals coal production for first place as Morgantown\u2019s chief industry,\u201d 80 years ago. In 2018 times have changed drastically.\r\nAs for Morgantown\u2019s position in education, the 1937 report on the city alone shows 3 high schools, 27 grade schools, and a business college, supplementing the University give \u201cMorgantown unusually attractive educational facilities.\u201d\r\nAs for transportation, the 1937 report labels Morgantown as \u201can important crossroad of highway traffic, with 8 hard-surfaced roads centering here and a strategic crossing of the Monongahela River fsor north and south or east and west.\u201d\r\nIt says travel to \u201cbeautiful\u201d Cheat Lake \u201c and \u201cWest Virginia Mecca for fishermen\u201d and with Coopers Rock State Forest, add great scenic beauty.