Mason County

Point Pleasant

Population 2010 Census: 4,350
Median Age: 44 years

Courthouse: Completed 1956
Architect: Harry Ray Nay

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Formed: 1804
Named: For Stevens Thomson Mason, a distinguished patriot, long a member of the Virginia Assembly and of the Senate of the United States; or, for George Mason, deviser of the Constitution of Virginia and a member of the convention which framed the Federal Constitution. Learn more.
County Seat: Point Pleasant
Land in Square Miles: 430.75
Population 2010 Census: 27,324
Persons per Square Mile 2010: 63.4

Primary Sources Online
Dunmore's War, 1774
War of 1812
Death of Livia Simpson Poffenbarger, 1937
Start of Operations at West Virginia Ordnance Plant, 1942
Cornstalk's Remains Laid to Rest Again, 1954
1960 Presidential Campaign in Mason County
Jimmy G. Stewart, 1966
Collapse of the Silver Bridge, 1967
Dedication of Reconstructed Fort Randolph, 1974

John Sayre of Leon, 1983   (dialup)    (broadband)
Wood carving minister H. L. Haze of Point Pleasant, 1983   (dialup)    (broadband)
Patricia Burton of Point Pleasant, 1984   (dialup)    (broadband)
Arnold Marcum's log cabin in Leon, 1984   (dialup)    (broadband)
Mountain Flower Rescue Squad, 1984   (dialup)    (broadband)
Public forum on proposed pulp mill in Mason County, 1994   (dialup)    (broadband)
Winter conditions at the Racine Locks and Dam, 1994   (dialup)    (broadband)

Civil War
From Mason County, 1861
Meeting of the 4th Regiment, 1861
Meeting Last Monday, 1862
Speech of Hon. Samuel Crane, 1862
Difficulty Concerning Contrabands Between the Civil and Military Authorities in Mason County, 1862
Public Meeting, 1862
Tribute of Respect, 1862
County Court, 1862
Mason County, 1862
Meeting at Mason City, 1862
Campaign in the Kanawha Valley, 1862
Proclamation, 1862
Expedition from Point Pleasant to Buffalo, 1862
Military Inspection, 1862
Killing of Lewis Wetzel, 1862
Trial against John Hall, 1862
The Special Election, 1862
Another Sheriff Captured, 1863
The Battles of Hurricana and Point Pleasant, 1863
Rebel Raid into Kanawha Valley, 1863
Rebel Prisoners from Point Pleasant, 1863
Pension for Christiana Bailey, 1863
Rebels Captured, 1864
Mason County Union Militia Letters, Folder 4
Mason County Union Militia Letters, Folder 6
Mason County Union Militia Letters, Folder 7
Mason County Union Militia Letters, Folder 8
Mason County Union Militia Letters, Folder 11
Mason County Union Militia Letters, Folder 12
Mason County Union Militia Letters, Folder 13

Photographs of Schools in Mason County
Boy and girl looking at "Lost Colony" highway historical marker, Mason County

Secondary Sources Online
List of Mason County Legislators
Planting of Lead Plates by Celeron de Blainville
History of Fort Randolph
Virgil Anson Lewis
"Colonel William Fleming in Dunmore's War, 1774," by William D. Hoyt Jr. (West Virginia History)
"Life of Brigadier General John McCausland," by James Earl Brown (West Virginia History)
"'Manufactured History': Re-Fighting the Battle of Point Pleasant" (West Virginia History)
"Collapse of the Silver Bridge," by Chris LeRose (West Virginia Historical Society Quarterly)

West Virginia Veterans Memorial Biographies
James Edward Duncan
Stanley Eugene Riffle
James Norton Halstead
Larry Keith Lee
John Ryan McCulloch
George William McDaniel
Jimmy Goethel Stewart
Clarence Benjamin Stockhoff
Wendell Levern Wallace

Teacher Resources

West Virginia Archives and History