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McDowell County, WV

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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


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


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

Click for Welch WV Forecast


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