West Virginia Executive Summer 2014 - Page 89

[ real wv ] County Lines Facts from the While everyone probably knows a By Kensie Hamilton little something about most of West Virginia’s 55 counties, we wanted to increase the type of knowledge people have about our great state. It is with that goal in mind that we present “Facts from the 55.” We hope you enjoy and learn a little something about the state we call home. Barbour Boone Brooke Calhoun Fayette The Battle of Philippi, also known as the Philippi Races, was fought in Barbour County on June 3, 1861. Although a minor skirmish, it is generally considered the first land battle of the American Civil War. Boone County was formed in 1847 from parts of Kanawha, Cabell and Logan counties and named for Daniel Boone, the noted hunter and explorer whose home was in the Kanawha Valley from 1789-1795. Wellsburg, the county seat, was once known as The Marryin’ Town. During the 1920s and 1930s, an average of 20,000 people per year were wed there because there was no waiting period. Calhoun County is home to one of the last 500 drive-in theaters in the nation, Mt. Zion Drive In. The New River, the oldest stream on the continent, flows north from North Carolina to West Virginia. The river has 21 major rapids in one 15-mile stretch in Fayette County, making it the most concentrated span of whitewater in the United States. Berkeley Braxton Victoria “Vicky” Bullett, a notable resident of Berkeley County, was a former professional women’s basketball player and a member of the 1988 and 1992 U.S. Olympic teams that won gold and bronze medals respectively. Bulltown, once known for the massacre of Delaware Indian Chief Captain Bull and his family, later developed into a local industrial center with gristmills by the 1820s and prosperous salt works by the 1830s. Cabell Huntington was the second American city, after San Francisco, to feature electric street cars in the early years. The electric cars were gradually replaced with gasoline-powered buses. Some of the old trolley tracks can still be seen. Clay The Gold V