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Mar 16, 1742

John Peter Salling led an expedition down the New and Kanawha Rivers, noting rich coal seams along the way.

Other events that happened on or around March 16, 1742

1799

William Richmond acquired a ten-acre tract on the New River at Sandstone Falls

Other events that happened on or around 1799

1837

Alfred Beckley settled in Beckley with his family

Other events that happened on or around 1837

Jan 23, 1850

Raleigh County was established by an act of the General Assembly, with Beckley as its county seat.

1862

Federal troops occupied Raleigh County.

Other events that happened on or around 1862

1863

Beckley was bombarded by federal artillery.

Other events that happened on or around 1863

1873

The C&O Railroad was completed opening the New River Gorge to the coal and timber industry

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1901

Branch of the C&O reached Beckley

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1910

The C&O and Virginian railroads had penetrated every section of Raleigh County

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1943

Raleigh County experienced its peak output of coal production during World War II.

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