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May 06, 1742

After leading his expedition down the New and Kanawha Rivers, John Peter Salling reached the Ohio River.

1749

French explorer Celoron de Blainville led Canadian militia and Indian guides down Allegheny and Ohio Rivers to strengthen French claims, burying lead plates along the way

1751

Christopher Gist surveyed the Ohio Valley as far as the Kanawha River

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1770

George Washington surveyed Ohio River bottomlands from Point Pleasant to Letart

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Oct 10, 1774

Virginia militia lead by Andrew Lewis defeated the Indians lead by the Shawnee Cornstalk at the Battle of Point Pleasant

1774

George Washington sent agents to clear and build on his land in Mason County

Dec 19, 1794

The town of Point Pleasant was chartered by the General Assembly

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Jan 02, 1804

Mason County was formed from part of Kanawha County

1820

The population of Mason County was 4,868

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1847

Mining began in West Columbia, Mason County

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Jul 06, 1848

Virgil Anson Lewis was born in Mason County

1853

Mining began in Clifton

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1856

The city of Mason was incorporated

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1859

Michael J. Owens was born

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May 13, 1861

Charles B. Waggener was one of three secretaries of the First Wheeling Convention

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Mar 30, 1863

Confederate cavalry raided Point Pleasant

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Jun 20, 1863

The First West Virginia legislature met in Wheeling

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1868

Dr. H. Stieren of St. Louis established a bromine factory in Mason County

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Dec 05, 1912

Virgil A. Lewis died

Mar 30, 1913

Ohio River at Point Pleasant reached a record 62.80 feet, more than 22 feet above flood stage

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1915

Marietta Manufacturing Company began operation in Point Pleasant

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Dec 27, 1923

Michael Owens died

1923

The State Hospital for the Colored Insane and the State Industrial School for Colored boys were established in Lakin

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1933

The Gallipolis Locks and Dam began construction

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Dec 15, 1967

The Silver Bridge at Point Pleasant collapsed into the Ohio River, killing 46 people

2000

The population of Mason county was 25,957

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