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Logan county was created by act of Assembly, passed January 12, 1824, from parts of Giles, Tazewell, Cabell and Kanawha, and derived its name from Logan, the famous Mingo chieftain.

The original boundaries were: "Beginning at the junction of the White Oak mountain and New river, proceeding with the meanderings thereof until it meets the line of Kanawha county; thence with the lines thereof taking the dividing ridge between the Big and Little Cole rivers, until it comes on a line with the head of Rock creek; thence down the same to its mouth; thence crossing Little Cole, proceeding with the dividing ridge between Turtle and Horse creek to the head of Ugly creek; thence down the same to its mouth, crossing the Guyandotte, in a straight line to the mouth of Narrowbone creek; thence up the Tug Fork of Big Sandy river to the mouth of Elkhorn creek; thence proceeding with the dividing ridge between Elkhorn creek and the Tug Fork, and so on a line with the Flat Top mountains to the beginning."

The commissioners named in the act to locate the seat of justice for the county, were William Buffington, of Cabell; William Thompson, Jr., of Tazewell; Charles Hale, of Giles; Samuel Shrewsbury, of Kanawha, and Conrad Peters and John Taylor, of Montgomery. They performed the work, and the village of Lawnsville, or Logan Court House, was laid out in 1827.

Tug River forms the southwestern boundary of the county. The origin of the name is explained in Part I of this work, under the head of the "Big Sandy Expedition," which passed through this county.
[Source: "History of West Virginia"; By Virgil Anson Lewis; publ. 1887; Pg. 656; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack]

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