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McDowell County, West Virginia

US county information
NameMcDowell County
StateWest Virginia
SeatWelch
Largest cityWelch
US Area
Total Area535 sq mi (1385.7 km2)
Land Area535 sq mi (1385.7 km2)
Population22113 (2010)
Density7.7/km2 (20/sq mi)
Named forJames McDowell
Time zoneEastern

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McDowell County is a county in the U.S. state of West Virginia. The land that became McDowell was originally part of Tazewell County, Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 22,113. Its county seat is Welch. McDowell county is the southern-most county in the state, geographically. It was created in 1858 by the Virginia General Assembly and named for Virginia Governor James McDowell. It became a part of West Virginia in 1863, when several counties seceded from the state of Virginia during the American Civil War. McDowell County was also home of the famous Rocket Boys, who were from Coalwood.


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