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1795

Wilson Nicholas and Jacob Kenney sold their land to Robert Morris

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1802

Mathias and Lydia Harman were the firsts whites to settle in McDowell County

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1829

William Fletcher received 20 acres of land in Welch

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Feb 28, 1858

McDowell County was formed from part of Tazewell County, Virginia

1860

McDowell County had a population of 1,533

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Dec 26, 1872

The McDowell County seat was located at Peeryville (now English)

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1892

McDowell Countians voted to move the county seat to Welch

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1894

The city of Welch was incorporated

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1920

McDowell was the third most populous county in the state

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Jan 10, 1928

Minnie Buckingham Harper of McDowell County was appointed to fill the unexpired term of her husband in the state legislature

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1950

A fourth of McDowell population was black

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1955

Logan County surpassed McDowell County as the leading coal producing county in the nation

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1998

Homer Hickam published Rocket Boys: A Memoir, about Coalwood

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1999

Reported 47.5% of McDowell County families with children lived in poverty

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2000

Census reported African-Americans were 11.9% of McDowell's population

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Jul 08, 2001

Tug Fork reached 19.77 feet, more than two feet above flood stage

2001

The state Board of Education took over administration of the McDowell County school system

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2003

Extensive renovations of the Kimball WWI Memorial began

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2004

Plans were made to consolidate Iaeger and Big Creek high schools in McDowell County

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