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Wirt County

County Facts

Date of Formation: 1848
Named: For William Wirt of Maryland, who gained fame as an author, orator and lawyer in his adopted state of Virginia
County Seat: Elizabeth



Comstock, Jim. Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia. Richwood, West Virginia, Jim Comstock, 1973.
975.4003 H259 v.6.

Daughters of American Pioneers. The History of Wirt County, West Virginia. Dallas, Texas, Taylor Publishing Company, 1981.
975.426 D238.

Reed, Louis. Warning in Appalachia: A Study of Wirt County, West Virginia. Morgantown, West Virginia, West Virginia University Library, 1967.
917.5426 R324.

Wirt County Former and Present Scholars and Educators. s. l., n. p., 1996.
370.62754 W799 Pam.

Wirt County: A Guide to the Scenic, Historic and Other Points of Interest in Wirt County, Heart of the Little Kanawha Regional Council Area of West Virginia. s. l., n. p., n. d.
975.426 W874 Pam.

Newspaper Clippings

"100 Year Anniversary Roberts Store in Elizabeth," Wirt County Journal, 1-1-1985.
"1st Court Held in Wirt April 8, 1848," Parkersburg News, 6-18-1963.
"A Sage of Burning Springs," Parkersburg News, 5-19-1968.
"Barney McGraw First Creston Settler," Parkersburg News, 6-18-1963.
"Burning Springs Locale of Story-Book Chapter..." Parkersburg News, 3-24-1963.
"Dismantling of Old Building at Newark Recalls Pioneer..." Wirt County Journal, 4-11- 1969.
"Doc Recalls 58 Years of Practice in Wirt County," Wirt County Journal, 6-27- 1984.
"Elizabeth It's a Nice Place To Be," Charleston Gazette, 5-18-1988.
"Explorers, Indian Fighters First toVisit Creston Area," Parkersburg News, 6-23- 1963.
"Family Calls Living Museum Home," Charleston Daily Mail, 11-30-1991.
"Gas Still Jets Forth at Burning Springs," Beckley Post Herald, 3-13-1965.
"History of Wirt County FFA Presented," Wirt County Journal, 2-29-1984.
"Keeping the Memory Alive, Treasure House," Parkersburg Sentinel, 9-21-1996.
"Lester B. West is Compiling a History of Wirt County," Wirt County Journal, 8-22- 1963.
"Little Wirt County Shortest on People," Beckley Post Herald, 3-15-1960.
"Mitchell is Hired as County Historian," Wirt County Journal, 12-1-1977.
"Pioneer History of Wirt County Series," Wirt County Journal, 2-8,15-1984; 3-14,21- 1984; 4-4,18-1984; 8-8,15-1984; 9-4,18-1985; 10-2,9,30,-1985; 11-6,13,27-1985; 12-4-1985; 1- 5-1986; 2-26-1986; 3-5,12-1986; 6-25-1986; 5-13,18-1987; 5-18-1988; 6-1,15,22-1988.
"Story of Hotels Told When Burning Springs Boom Town," Parkersburg News, 4-18- 1965.
"The Legend of Bloody Hollow," Parkersburg News, 3-6-1966.
"The Legend of Bloody Hollow," Charleston Gazette, 2-27-1966.
"Tiniest Wirt County Has Lot of History," Beckley Post Herald, 5-10-1965.
"Wirt County Booming Oil Center in 1859," Parkersburg News, 6-18-1963.
"Wirt County Wasn't Always Peaceful," Beckley Post Herald, 2-19-1968.
"Wirt County Man is Author," Parkersburg News, 9-29-1968.
"Wirt's Civic Spirit a Financial Resource," Charleston Daily Mail, 6-10-1981.
"Woody Wilson Reports on Past 80 Years," Wirt County Journal, 4-1-1987.
"Woody Traces 80 Years of Newspapering in Wirt," Wirt County Journal, 4-8- 1987.

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