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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)
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
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 *
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