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Braxton County, West Virginia

US county information
NameBraxton County
StateWest Virginia
US Area
Total Area516 sq mi (1336.4 km2)
Land Area513 sq mi (1328.7 km2)
Water Area3 sq mi (7.8 km2)
Population14702 (2000)
Density11/km2 (28.5/sq mi)

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Braxton County is a county located in the central part of the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,523. Braxton County was formed in 1836 from parts of Lewis, Kanawha, and Nicholas counties and named for Carter Braxton, a Virginia statesman and signer of the Declaration of Independence. The county seat is Sutton. The center of population of West Virginia is located in Braxton County, in the town of Gassaway .

Important salt works were formerly located at Bulltown and here, in 1772, Captain Bull and his family and friendly Delaware Indians were massacred by frontiersmen. Jesse Hughes helped Carpenter and track and kill the Indians responsible for the Carpenter massacre. Jeremiah was a notable fiddle player who wrote a song Shelvin’ Rock about the experience of escaping to rock shelter.

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