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McDowell County, West Virginia

US county information
NameMcDowell County
StateWest Virginia
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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WV Board of Mine Health & Safety proposes new safeguards for underground ... - State Journal Tweet this news
State Journal--An inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution -McDowell- has been sentenced to three years and one month in prison for attempting to escape the Welch facility, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said. An inmate at the -...- Six sentenced to fe - Date : Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:57:36 GMT
Crews respond to fire in McDowell County - WVVA TV Tweet this news
WVVA TV--Crews respond to fire in -McDowell County-. Posted: Friday, January 17, 2014 8:13 AM EST. More Local NewsMore Local NewsMore>> · W.-Va-. college access and completion project highlighted at White House event · - Date : Fri, 17 Jan 2014 13:19:23 GMT
United Way of Southern WV kicks off 2014 campaign - WVVA TV Tweet this news
WVVA TV--"Southern -West Virginia- is very special. Even if people have needs of their own and challenges of their own, everybody steps up to the plate. As the new fundraising drive gets underway, it comes with more areas to serve like Mercer Cou - Date : Fri, 17 Jan 2014 00:02:47 GMT
Mobile clinic: Fight to keep facility just beginning - Bluefield Daily Telegraph Tweet this news
Bluefield Daily Telegraph--That means veterans from both Mercer and -McDowell counties-, as well as other parts of southern -West Virginia-, will have to make use of the facility on a regular basis. Hancock says more than 3,000 letters, as well as a surve - Date : Fri, 17 Jan 2014 10:06:48 GMT
Coalfields Expressway: Slow but necessary progress - Bluefield Daily Telegraph Tweet this news
Bluefield Daily Telegraph--When ground was broken in 2001 on the first segment of the Coalfields Expressway in -McDowell County-, the late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd predicted it would take years if not decades to complete the future four-lane corridor for - Date : Tue, 07 Jan 2014 10:11:07 GMT
Southern West Virginia lawmakers define goals for 2014 session - Bluefield Daily Telegraph Tweet this news
Bluefield Daily Telegraph--CHARLESTON Jobs, a better business climate, -West Virginia- Turnpike tolls, and helping volunteer fire departments find more recruits are among the many projects local representatives hope to address this year in the -West Vir - Date : Mon, 13 Jan 2014 10:03:25 GMT
County's first four-lane moves closer - Wycoreport Tweet this news
Wycoreport--Work on getting the new highway into -McDowell County-, Wyoming County, and other parts of southern -West Virginia- has been continuing for years. One contract in the project was issued in late 2013, said Richard Browning, executive director o - Date : Mon, 13 Jan 2014 10:09:02 GMT
Donations being collected for Northfork family left homeless by fire - WVVA TV Tweet this news
WVVA TV--NORTHFORK (WVVA) - A community is coming together for a -McDowell County- family who lost their home and belongings in a fire. The fire began at the Northfork Hollow home of the Rose family around 2 AM Wednesday. Officials believe a heating stove - Date : Thu, 09 Jan 2014 20:25:00 GMT
Route 52 in McDowell County is back open - WVNS-TV Tweet this news
WVNS-TV--Emergency Dispatchers said a landslide blocked one lane along Route 52 in Northfork. That was at around 10 p.m. on Monday night. The lane was closed for about an hour. Crews with the -West Virginia- Division of Highways worked with firefighters f - Date : Tue, 31 Dec 2013 13:55:50 GMT
1-6-14 Berkeley County helps struggling McDowell County town - Hampshire Review (blog) Tweet this news
Hampshire Review (blog)--“Certainly, the council was moved by the information that was provided by the sheriff and happy to be able to provide this assistance to another community in -West Virginia- that was most definitely in need,” Berkeley -County- - Date : Mon, 06 Jan 2014 14:17:58 GMT

Position Name
Commissioner, President A. Ray Bailey
Commissioner Gordon Lambert
Commissioner Harold McBride
Prosecuting Attorney Sid Bell
Sheriff Danny Mitchell
County Assessor Dennis Altizer
County Clerk Donald Hicks
Circuit Clerk Francine Spencer

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Unincorporated communities :

Municipalities and communities of McDowell County, West Virginia

County seat: Welch
CitiesGary * Keystone * War * Welch
TownsAnawalt * Bradshaw * Davy * Iaeger * Kimball * Northfork
Algoma * Antler * Apple Grove * Asco * Ashland * Atwell * Avondale * Bartley * Beartown * Berwind * Big Four * Big Sandy * Bishop * Black Wolf * Bottom Creek * Canebrake * Capels * Caretta * Carlos * Carswell * Coalwood * Crumpler * Cucumber * Eckman * Elbert * Elkhorn * English * Ennis * Erin * Faraday * Filbert * Gilliam * Havaco * Hemphill * Hensley * Hull * Isaban * Jacobs Fork * Jed * Jenkinjones * Johnnycake * Jolo * Kyle * Landgraff * Leckie * Lex * Lila * Litwar * Maitland * Maybeury * McDowell * Mohawk * Mohegan * Munson * Newhall * Pageton * Panther * Paynesville * Powhatan * Premier * Raysal * Ream * Rift * Rockridge * Roderfield * Rolfe * Sandy Huff * Six * Skygusty * Squire * Superior * Switchback * Thorpe * Twin Branch * Union City * Upland * Vallscreek * Venus * Vivian * Warriormine * Wilcoe * Worth * Yerba * Yukon
FootnotesThis populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties

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