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Recent Updates
July 2018
News-Crime: Mrs. Gillis and Daughters Murdered

April 2018
Crime News: C. R. Sisk Wanted for the Murder of Samuel Edwards, Unknown Girl Murdered that Looked like Eleanor McCormick - Contributed by Robin Line

McDowell County

Is the southern-most county in the state, geographically. The county is named in honor of James McDowell, Governor of Virginia from 1843 to 1846. McDowell County was nationally known for its prominence in the coal mining industry, setting records for coal production and was a major player in the state's economy. Before the industry's decline that began in the 1950s, McDowell's population was almost at 100,000 residents, third highest in the state in 1950, then declined at a rapid pace after each decennial census afterwards, setting the highest percentage in the state for population loss each time as younger residents move out of the county to seek better futures and leaving behind a much older population and many that lack transportation to find work. For many years McDowell County was nicknamed the "Free state of McDowell" due to social and political race relations that is uncommon in the rest of the state. McDowell County is considered as one of the core counties in Appalachia on which the national War on Poverty focused, a national effort started during President Lyndon B. Johnson's administration. 
Its county seat is Welch.
- (source: wikipedia.org)

Founded February 28, 1858
Named for James McDowell

County Seat and Largest City: Welch

Towns and Cities
Town of Anawalt * Town of Bradshaw * Town of Davy * City of Gary * Town of Iaeger *
City of Keystone * Town of Kimball * Town of Northfork * City of War * City of Welch

Unincorporated Communities
Algoma * 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 (part) * Jacobs Fork *
Jed * Jenkinjones * Johnnycake * Jolo * Kyle * Landgraff * Leckie * Lex * Lila * Litwar * Maitland *
Maybeury * McDowell * Mohawk * Mohegan * Monson * 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



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