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Raleigh County

County Facts

Date of Formation: 1850
Named: For Sir Walter Raleigh, English adventurer and soldier
County Seat: Beckley



Attributes of Beckley (West Virginia), Smokeless Coal Capital. Beckley, West Virginia, Beckley Newspapers Corporation, [1941?].
917.5473 A885.

Ferguson-Gates Engineering Company. Report on General Physical, Economic and Social Features Affecting the Selection of Industrial Plant Locations in the Vicinity of Beckley, Raleigh County, West Virginia. Beckley, West Virginia, Beckley Chamber of Commerce, 1951.
330.9754 F352r.

Haga, Pauline. Raleigh County's School Days of Yesteryear. Crab Orchard, West Virginia, P. Haga, n. d.
370.9754 H141r.

Harless, Rod. The West Virginia Establishment. Huntington, West Virginia, Appalachian Movement Press, 1971.
320.9754 H284.

Hedrick, Charles B. Memoirs of Raleigh County Historical and Biographical. Beckley, West Virginia, Wood Printing Company, 1932.
975.473 H456.

Hull, John. Hanging William I. Martin: Only Recourse to Capital Punishment Ever Undertaken in Raleigh County. Beckley, West Virginia, Beckley Newspapers Corporation, 1930.
364.66 H913 Pam.

Legg, Mary E. From Affinity to Winding Gulf: A Pictorial Recollection of Coal Camps, Raleigh and Wyoming Counties, West Virginia. Beckley, West Virginia, Central Printing Company, c1989.
975.473 L513.

Nyden, Paul J. Thirty Oral History Transcripts About the New River Region in: Fayette, Raleigh and Summers Counties, West Virginia. Paul J. Nyden, Beckley, West Virginia, 1980.
R 016.9098 N993.

Raleigh County Bank of Beckley, West Virginia. The Factual Story of a Man and a Bank...In Beckley, West Virginia. s. l., n. p. n. d.
B H456 Pam.

Raleigh County Centennial Committee, Inc. Raleigh County's Parade of Progress, August 27-September 2, 1950. Beckley, West Virginia, n. p., 1950?
917.5473 R163r.

Raleigh County Settlers, 1810-[1861]. s. l., n. p., n. d.
929.3 R163r Pam.

Sutphin, Ray. Atkinsville Appalachia. s. l., n. p., n. d.
975.473 S966 Pam.

Wolfe, Carl G. A Part of the Community: The History of the First United Methodist Church and the Raleigh Circuit. Beckley, West Virginia, C. G. Wolfe, 1994.
287.6754 W855.

Wood, Jim. Raleigh County, West Virginia. Beckley, West Virginia, J. Wood, c1984.
975.473 W876.

Worthington, Monroe. Raleigh's Rich Resources. Beckley, West Virginia, Beckley Newspapers Corporation, c1955.
917.5473 W934 Pam.

Newspaper Clippings

"1887 Year of Tragedy in Richmond District," Beckley Post Herald, 8-13-1974.
"5 County Buildings Listed as Landmarks," Beckley Newspapers, 5-14-1984.
"Alfred Beckley Campaigned in 1849," Beckley Post Herald, 11-5-1968.
"Amusement Park Resort May Be Built," Charleston Daily Mail, 4-17-1996.
"Area Near Blue Jay Reportedly Haunted," Herald Register, 4-17-1965.
"Beaver Resident One Only Two Blacksmiths Left in Raleigh County," Post Herald, 4- 22-1974.
"Beckley Farmer Finds Gold While Cleaning Out Spring," Clarksburg Exponent, 10-23- 1938.
"Beckleyan to Sing National Anthem, Yvonne Seay-Catus," n. p., n. d.
"Big Stick Only Two Empty Houses Remain in Town," Herald Register, 3-7-1965.
"Colcord Once Holcomb Has Extensive History," Beckley Post Herald, 9-15-1975.
"Combining Adventures," Register Herald, 5-31-1998.
"Comeback Staged by Blue Jay No. 6 Town Wouldn't Die," n. p., n. d.
"County Population in 1850 Was 1,765," Beckley Post Herald, 4-6-1964.
"County's History in Clerk Records," Beckley Post Herald, 4-22-1957.
"Cranberry Creek Project on Pace," Register Herald, 5-6-1997.
"Dream of General Beckley Led to Area Settlement," Raleigh Register, 6-19-1963.
"Ever Wonder How Your Town Got Its Name...," Post Herald, 11-17-1968.
"First Families of Richmond District" Post Herald, 3-20-1968.
"Founder of Tams Still Making Home There," Herald Register, 5-9-1965.
"Four Towns Comprised Winding Gulf," Herald Register, 3-14-1965.
"Glade Springs," Charleston Gazette, 8-29-1982.
"Glen White One of Area's Most Attractive Towns," Herald Register, 4-18-1965.
"Glen White," Raleigh Explorer, 11-10-1995.
"Glen White," Raleigh Register, 4-19-1965.
"Harper's New Postmaster Collects Town's Memories," Register Herald, 2-2-1989.
"Headsville, The Post Office With a Past," Beckley Post Herald, 1-7-1976.
"Henry Farley May have Been First Sophian," Herald Register, 3-28-1965.
"History Hidden in Raleigh County," Beckley Register, 12-18-1995.
"Hotcoal Only Landmarks Remain to Identify Town," Herald Register, n.d.
"Humble Beginnings Reap Fruitful Life, Okey Mills," Register Herald, 12-25-1995.
"Irish Mountain Founded by Hardy Sons of Sod," Post Herald, 6-16-1963.
"It's Ralegh County, We've Misspelled It 120 Years," n. p. 2-11-1970.
"Jerome Van Meter, Gray Eagle, Man of Honor," Register Herald, 9-17-1995; 3-7- 1997.
"Lake Living Unlocks Door to Nature," Beckley Post Herald, 7-15-1972.
"Lillybrook is Known as Town with Big Smokestack," Herald Register, 4-25-1965.
"Lonesome Dave Williams, Raleigh Pioneer...," Charleston Daily Mail, 5-8-1938.
"Mabscott's Founder Beat Gen. Beckley in Election," Raleigh Register, 6-19-1963.
"Made in the Glade, Raleigh County Resort," Register Herald, 4-6-1997.
"Many Prominent People Were Raised in Pemberton," Herald Register, 3-21-1965.
"Martha Davis Nominated for Pioneer Hall of Fame," Register Herald, 2-27-1995.
"Maybe Courts are Slow, But in 1850 it Was Worse," Sunday Register, 6-19-1938.
"Mud Holes and Dust Bowls Were City's Start Toward Street System...," Register, 6-19- 1938.
"Naming of Sophia, Princewick, Jonben," Beckley Post Herald, 6-23-1959.
"News Notes Provide Glimpse Into Past of Raleigh County," Register Herald, 10-2- 1995.
"Old Wooden Nickels Growing in Value," Herald Register, 11-14-1964.
"Oldest Native Recalls Layout of City Before the Civil War," Beckley Register, 6-19- 1938.
"Pear, Abraham, Pluto Names Traced," Beckley Post Herald, 6-14-1973.
"Pioneer Father, Son Lead Development in Wild Territory," n. p., n. d.
"Postmaster's Retirement Cancels Branch," Charleston Gazette, 10-1-1991.
"Prince Played a Large Part in Beckley Area Development," Raleigh Register, 5-5- 1946.
"Quit Dumping Heritage...," Register Herald, 6-10-1990.
"Railroads Made Lester Area's First Boom Town," Raleigh Register, 6-19-1963.
"Raleigh County Tragic Land," Charleston Gazette, 12-5-1954.
"Raleigh County Once Had Large Distillery," Post Herald, 4-21-1965.
"Raleigh: Birthplace of Streams II," Post Herald, 10-1-1963.
"Reno Dedicates Prison," Register Herald, 12-10-1996.
"Resort's Future in New Hands, Glade Springs, Charleston Daily Mail, 6-6-1989.
"Rhodell Newest, Smallest of County Municipalities," Raleigh Register, 6-19-1963.
"Richmond District in a Time to Shoot or be Shot," Post Herald, 11-14-1968.
"Sophia Was Named After a Real Pioneer," Register Herald, 1-30-1995.
"Sophia, Raleigh County, WV," Register Herald, 8-7-1994.
"Space Rock, Retired Beckley Attorney Cherishes Meteorite...," Register Herald, 3-13- 1997.
"Spanglers Prominent in Cirtsville Region," Post Herald, 4-9-1965.
"Stonecoal Drug Store Has Many Items From Yesteryear," Raleigh Register, 4-18- 1980.
"The History of Sophia, It's Growth: I, II," Beckley Post Herald, 7-6-1959; 7-7- 1959.
"The History of Little Pack's Branch I," Herald Register, 10-7-1964.
"Third Generation is Running Smith Farm at Abraham," Beckley Post Herald, 8-30- 1974.
"Town Drawn to Enrich Lives of Miners Going Up in Raleigh," Charleston Gazette, 9- 10-1967.
"Town of Rhodell..." Beckley Post Herald, 8-21-1976.
"Tracy Hylton, A Name Synonymous With Coal," Register Herald, 9-12-1999.
"Up in Smoke, Morning Fire Strikes Historic Glen White Mansion," Register Herald, 6- 29-1996.
"Water Mill Has Long History Since 1851," n. p. , 9-4-1938.
"Woodbay Employed 200; 3 Empty Houses Remain," Herald Register, 4-11-1965.
"WV Native is on Research Team Upcoming Mission to Mars," Mineral Daily News, 12-4-1996.

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