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1674

Gabriel Arthur became first white man to see the Kanawha Valley, under Indian captivity

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1742

Coal discovered on the Coal River in present Boone County by explorer John Peter Salling

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1755

Mary Draper Ingles was taken captive by the Shawnee

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1771

Simon Kenton began hunting and trapping in the Kanawha Valley

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1773

Walter Kelly was credited as the first settlement despite being killed after a year

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1774

William Morris and others settled at Cedar Grove in Kanawha County

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Apr 01, 1788

George Clendenin, family and Greenbrier Rangers left Greenbrier for Kanawha

Nov 14, 1788

Kanawha County was created

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1797

Elisha Brooks built his salt furnace on land from Joseph Ruffner

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1817

Coal began being mined to fuel the salt works

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1829

Completion of the James River and Kanawha Turnpike to the Ohio River was authorized by the General Assembly

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1830

Charleston had 750 people

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1832

A branch of the Bank of Virginia was chartered in the Kanawha Valley

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1861

Union troops under Brig. Gen. Jacob Cox occupied the Kanawha Valley

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Sep 29, 1861

Kanawha Valley was hit by its worst flood

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1862

Jacob Cox and men were driven out of the Kanawha Valley by Confederate advance led by Brig. Gen William W. Loring

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1867

William Dickinson Jr., sons and others in the Kanawha Valley salt industry founded the Kanawha Valley Bank

1870

The capital was moved from Wheeling to Charleston

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1873

Chesapeake & Ohio Railway arrived on south side of Kanawha River

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1875

The capital was moved from Charleston to Wheeling

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1884

Charleston National Bank founded as a national bank

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1885

The capital moved permanently back to Charleston aboard the Chesapeake and Belle Prince

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1888

Kanawha County became the state's second largest coal producer

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1891

First bridge built across the Kanawha River, in Charleston

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1892

The first students enrolled at West Virginia Colored Institute (now West Virginia State University)

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1895

The Montgomery Preparatory School (West Virginia University Institute of Technology) was founded

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Apr 18, 1912

Miners along Paint Creek and Cabin Creek walked off their jobs beginning the Mine Wars

1916

Libbey-Owens-Ford built its large plate glass plant in Kanawha City

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1920

Union organizing led to confrontations at Matewan and Blair Mountain

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Jun 20, 1932

Capitol completed and dedicated on West Virginia day

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1935

Morris Harvey College (now University of Charleston) moved to Charleston from Barboursville

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1947

Wertz Field in Institute received modern facilities at Kanawha (Yeager) Airport

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1960

Kanawha County peak population at 252,925

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Jan 01, 1972

Charleston Area Medical Center created

2000

Kanawha County population was the largest in the state at 200,073

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