New from Arcadia Publishing and local author Richard Lowe is Wirt County in the popular Images of America series, featuring over 200 vintage images.
In 1859, Wirt 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.
*Join the author for a book signing!
Friday and Saturday, March 26 & 27 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Sweet Briar Treasures & Gifts (672 Court St. Elizabeth, WV)
OR Saturday, April 3 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Borders (850 Grand Central Mall Vienna, WV)
A portion of profits from the sale of this book will be donated to the Beauchamp-Newman Museum.
Highlights of Wirt County:
• Includes William Wirt, the county’s namesake
• Features the miracle recovery of captured U.S. soldier and Palestine resident—Private First Class, Jessica Lynch
• Explains the oil and gas industry boom of 1859, compared to the California gold rush
• Shows William Beauchamp, Wirt County’s first settler in 1796
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and on-line retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com.
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