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Buchanan County~West Virginia

Slate Creek Rd, VA , USA

Latitude & Longitude: 37° 19' 53.408424", -81° 53' 29.063256"
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Buchanan County

Buchanan County is situated in the heart of Southwest Virginia's coalfields in the Appalachian Plateau and was formed from Tazewell and Russell Counties in 1858. The county is named for James Buchanan who served as president of the United States from 1857 to 1861. The area was first explored about 1750, but few settlers remained permanently until after The Revolutionary War. Timbering was an early industry in the county and it remained sparsely settled until the development of the coal mining industry here in the 1930s. Grundy is the county seat.

West Virginia

According to tradition, the first European pioneer to settle in West Virginia was Morgan Morgan, a Welshman who immigrated to Mill Creek and acquired his land in November 1730; however, German immigrants were probably in the Shepherdstown area by 1727. In 1861, many counties in western Virginia opposed secession. As a result of this, several of these western counties formed the new state of West Virginia in 1863.

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