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History of The Great Kanawha Valley (WV), With Family History and Biographical Sketches: A Statement Of Its Natural Resources, Industrial Growth And Commercial Advantages. Fuller & Co. Softcover, originally published in 1891 and reprinted here in 2000, New, 2 volumes, Illus., new full name index, 325 + 343 pages.
The picturesque Kanawha valley spans Fayette, Kanawha, Putnam, and Mason counties in West Virginia, with Charleston resting in its mid-section. The valley's Kanawha river runs 98 miles to its junction with the Ohio river at Point Pleasant. Volume I opens with the early history of the valley, from pre-historic mound builders, to the Cherokees, to the early settlers including the Ingles-Draper settlement. Notable historic spots and events, natural resources, early exploration, plantation life, Daniel Boone, Lord Dunmore, the murder of Cornstalk, a chronological record of events along the border, navigation, salt manufacture, churches, education, military history, the legal profession, and much more are covered in this volume. The bulk of Volume II is devoted to hundreds of brief biographical sketches, arranged alphabetically by county. This volume also covers the medical history of the valley from 1790-1890, Point Pleasant, Fayette County, Kanawha County, Putnam County, Mason County, and banking institutions. [B1609-H]