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July 2018
Crime News: John White Escapes Jail - Shoots 3.



Founded 1846
County Seat: New Martinsville
The northern border is the Mason-Dixon line.

Wetzel county was formed by act of January 10, 1846, from Tyler, and named in honor of Lewis Wetzel, the distinguished frontiersman and Indian scout the Boone of Northwestern Virginia. The literature of the border is filled with details of his adventures and exploits, some of which have been interwoven into fiction, prominently in the work entitled "Rose Forester," in which the scene is laid around Mount Pleasant, which is plainly visible from Lancaster, the seat of justice of Fairfield County, Ohio. New Martinsville was made the seat of justice by the act creating the county, and was incorporated by act of March 18, 1848. [Source: History of West Virginia; By Virgil Anson Lewis; publ. 1887; Pg. 687]

Incorporated towns & cities
Town of Hundred
City of New Martinsville
City of Paden City (part)
Town of Pine Grove
Town of Smithfield

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