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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. - wikipedia.org
MCDOWELL COUNTY ONLINE DATA
Dec 2012: 1883
Census of Pensioners, Rachel Hall Obituary,
Phillip Lambert Obituary, L. T. Murphy Obituary,
Abner Stevens Obituary,
John Wellman Obituary
Henry Harrison Biography, Isaiah
C. Herndon Biography
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