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McDowell County was formed in 1858 from part of Tazewell, VA. It derived it's name from the governor of Virginia in 1843, James McDowell. Almost 150 years ago, the area was considered extremely inaccessible, and although the rails and roads improved this condition, it is still sparsely populated. Welch, the county seat, is the largest city in McDowell, with the population of just over 3,000. It is magnificently timbered and today still appears to have coal deposits under the mountainous acres of land in the county.

2010 Veterans Day Parade - Welch, WV

CCC McDowell County, WV - 1935

2009 Veterans Day Parade - Welch, WV


The McDowell County WVGenWeb portion of this site has moved to here

I will still have photos, area links and other information related to McDowell County posted on this site


McDowell County Area Links

McDowell County Photo Album

McDowell County Mine Disasters

WV Birth/Death Certificate Requests


McDowell County People, Places and Music on YouTube


McDowell County Death Records for years 1906-1907 and 1915-1954


Coalwood


Hurricane - debut CD release by Stacy Grubb


Belcher Mountain School Photos


Welch Municipal Parking Building


Photos of Site Construction for New Schools in Bradshaw


The McDowell County Project - by Alan Johnston, family and friends


Welch 2006 Photos


Autumn 2006 Trail Photos


Click here to see photos of the 2006 Autumn Harvest Festival


Click here to see photos of the 2006 October Sky Festival


Click here to see photos of The History Channel filming the cast from "Terror of the Tug" as part of an upcoming documentary


2006 Coal Miners Reunion Photos


Space Shuttle Launch (photos & movie clip) - July 4, 2006 - near Cocoa Beach, FL


McArts


McDowell County - Coal Miner's Reunion - August 5, 2006


Autumn Harvest Festival 2005 - Photos


October Sky Festival 2005 - Photos


McDowell County Drug Free Day 2005 - Photos


Welch 2005 Photos


ATV McDowell County


McDowell County Topo Maps


McDowell County Music


McDowell County Wildlife


McDowell County Community Calendar


McDowell County Floods


McDowell County "Postcards from the Past"


The Hallelujah Project - by Alan Johnston and family


Muddy Water Slide Show
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Pictorial History of McDowell County - A new book by Jean Battlo


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