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McDowell County was first formed in 1842 from parts of Burke County and Rutherford County. It was named for Joseph McDowell, a Revolutionary War leader and hero of the Battle of King's Mountain, and a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1797 to 1799.

During the Carolina Gold Rush period of the early 19th century, the south county area was known for its gold production. The banks of the Muddy Creek and mines at Vein Mountain were productive areas. Many mines and thriving gold rush towns such as Brackettown no longer exist, although scattered ruins and cemeteries mark many locations of the gold rush period.

In 1861, parts of McDowell County, Burke County, Caldwell County, Watauga County, and Yancey County were combined to form Mitchell County.

Marion, the county seat of McDowell County, was planned and built on land selected by the first McDowell County Commissioners on March 14, 1844 at the Historic Carson House. It was not until 1845 that the official name of Marion was sanctioned as the county seat by the state legislature. The name of Marion came from Francis Marion, the American Revolutionary War hero, known as the “Swamp Fox” and the man upon whom the movie "The Patriot" was based. ¬†[Source: Excerpted from wikipedia.org]

Populated Places of McDowell County:
City
Marion (county seat)

Town
Old Fort

Unincorporated Communities
Glenwood * Linville Falls * Little Switzerland * Nebo * North Cove * Pleasant Gardens * Providence

 



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Website Updates:
Feb 2015: obituaries for CHEEK, MORPHEW, GILKEY, SINCLAIR, MCCURRY, PARKER;  bios for HIGGINS, WALKER, MCKINNEY, SIMMONS


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