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1669

La Salle is first European to visit area while navigating Ohio River, resulting in French claims in Ohio Valley

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1674

The first white person visited the Jackson County area at a large village of Monetons

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1696

French began trading furs in the Jackson County area

1703

English began trading furs in the Jackson County area

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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

1750

Christopher Gist visited the Jackson County area

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1770

Col. George Washington and Dr. James Craik claimed land in the Ohio watershed on their canoe trip

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1771

William Crawford made a survey for Washington in the Jackson County area

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1796

William Hannaman, Benjamin Cox and James McDade became the first permanent settlers when they built their cabins in present Jackson County

1797

William Parson and Samuel Tanner settled in the Jackson County area

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1806

The first schoolhouse was built in the Jackson County area

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Mar 01, 1831

Jackson County was formed from Wood, Mason and Kanawha counties

1831

Ripley, the county seat of Jackson County, was laid out by Jacob Starcher

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Dec 19, 1832

Ripley received its charter

1836

The city of Ravenswood was laid out

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1840

The first church was built in the Jackson County area

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Jul 19, 1863

The Battle of Buffington Island was fought in Jackson County ending Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan's raid

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1886

A referendum was unsuccessfully proposed to make Ravenswood the new county seat of Jackson County

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Dec 16, 1897

Ripley was the site of West Virginia's last public hanging

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1900

Jackson County's population rose to 19,000

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1950

The Cedar Lakes Conference Center was established as a state FFA-FHA camp

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1954

Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation built a large aluminum plant in Ravenswood

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1963

First Mountain State Art & Craft Fair took place at Cedar Lakes

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1988

Kaiser Aluminum plant was sold to Ravenswood Aluminum Corporation

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1995

Ravenswood Aluminum Corporation became part of Century Aluminum

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1997

Jackson County was reported with the second-highest number of farms in West Virginia

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1999

Century Aluminum divided and sold part of the operation to Pechiney Rolled Products

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2000

Jackson County's population was 28,000

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