Wirt County

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Wirt County was established by an act of the Virginia General Assembly on January 19, 1848, and was named in honor of William Wirt, a famed prosecutor representing the United States in the trial of Vice Pres. Aaron Burr, who was accused of treason. In 1859, the county's population escalated from just a few dozen to several thousand as news of the nation's first big oil boom in Burning Springs was publicized in headlines across the globe. The oil industry had a profound impact on the future of Wirt County and even played a pivotal role in West Virginia being admitted into the Union. While the heyday of the oil industry has faded, the charm of Wirt County has not—it is here where many families embrace the quiet, peaceful lifestyle that a small community offers.
ISBN: 9780738566795
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: West Virginia
Series: Images of America
Images: 182
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Richard T. Lowe operates a gift shop featuring local artisans and authors. In response to customer requests for area history, he soon began to realize his own love of history. As a result, Lowe has assembled this collection of images that tells the story of Wirt County and its people. Through the vintage photographs in Images of America: Wirt County, Lowe shares highlights of the place that he will forever call home.
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