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1772

The first white explored the Wirt County area

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1799

William Beauchamp Sr was the earliest settlers in the Wirt County area

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1800

Barney McGraw planted the first apple orchard in the Little Kanawha Valley

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1819

Oil was produced by George Lemon in Wirt County

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1822

Elizabeth was chartered by the General Assembly

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1832

William Wirt was a presidential candidate of the Anti-Masonic Party

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1840

William P. Rathbone and his sons purchased 12,000 acres at Burning Springs Run in Wirt County.

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Jan 19, 1848

Wirt County was created by the General Assembly

1860

Samuel D. Karnes stuck oil and began producing, opening Burning Springs oil field

1860

Samuel D. Karnes leased an acre from the Rathbones

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May 09, 1863

A Confederate raiding party under Gen. William E. "Grumble" Jones set fire to the Burning Springs oil field and to crude oil being stored in the area.

1863

Wirt County was divided into 7 districts

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1874

Four locks and dams were completed by the Little Kanawha Navigation Company

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1900

Wirt County's population peaked at 10,284

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1909

The Wirt County courthouse in Elizabeth burned down

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2000

Wirt County had a population of 5,873

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