A century ago, Nitro was built as a manufacturing center for the war effort during World War I. Our unique history is highlighted across town in our area attractions, including the Nitro WWI History Museum, Living Memorial Park on 21st Street, and much more.

If you are a collector, then we are your perfect pitstop! Our downtown has several antique and collector boutiques located only one mile off of Interstate 64.

We are nestled beside the beautiful Kanawha River, where visitors can enjoy the Robert C. Byrd Boat Access & Launch. If lady luck is on your side, then be sure to stop at the Mardi Gras Casino and Resort. From dining to entertainment, Nitro has it all.

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  1. A Day in the Life of Nitro
    On August 1, 2019, the residents of Nitro were asked to submit videos and pictures capturing a day in Nitro. This is a day in the life of Nitro.
  1. Festival of Fright
    Oct. 12th
    Festival of Fright
    Join us for Nitro's Festival of Fright at Ridenour Lake. Our yearly celebration of spooky and scary fun!!
  2. Wagging Tails & Nitro Ales
    Nov. 9th
    Wagging Tails & Nitro Ales
    Join us on Saturday, Nov. 9th starting at 11 am for the Wagging Tails & Nitro Ales Beerfest and Chili Cookoff. The proceeds from the Chili Cookoff benefit Dog Bless.
  3. Mardi Gras Casino
    Mardi Gras Casino
    Mardi Gras Ractrack and Casino has a variety of entertainment every weekend at Louie's Lounge.
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Located only a mile off I-64, Nitro is a historic town with several activites for the whole family to enjoy. From shopping to learning about Nitro's influence in World War I, there are a wide variety of can't miss activties in Nitro. 

Nitro is home to several antique and collectable stores in our downtown area. Come explore through Nitro's Antique District. 

Built as a Boomtown in WWI, Nitro's unique history can be found all throughout the city.  Our WWI History Museum has a wide range of artifacts from WWI and WWII.​ 

The Mardi Gras Casino & Resort offers a variety of weekly entertainment performers and casino games. 

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Nestled beside the Kanawha River, Nitro is the perfect place to cast a line. Along with the Kanawha River, Ridenour Lake is also a perfect fishing stop for the whole family. 

Ridenour Lake is the perfect place for a picnic. The park offers several trails for biking and hiking.

Nitro has several dining locations serving classic Appalachian-style cuisine. From fried chicken to cornbread, you can find it here.  
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    West Virginia’s only casino resort with a New Orleans flair, featuring slots, poker, greyhound racing, and off-track betting for both greyhound and horse racing, restaurants and more.  It is located just off the Cross Lanes exit of I-64.
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Celebrating 100 Years....
 The United States faced a gunpowder shortage during World War I. In an effort to support the war, Congress passed the Deficiency Appropriations Act on October 6, 1917, for the construction of three plants capable of producing 500,000 pounds of gunpowder per day. 

Nitro was selected as the site for Explosives Plant C and construct began on in December 1917.  Named after nitro cellouse, a key element in gunpowder, Nitro was born and has been a key manufacturing center of West Virginia. 

In 2017, the City celebrated its Centennial Celebration. One of only two WWI Boomtowns left, the city takes great pride in its historic heritage.

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