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Mineral County

May 15, 2013

The area that became Mineral County once belonged to Lord Fairfax, an English nobleman who inherited approximately 2,800 square miles of property in the Potomac River basin.

Hampshire County was created in 1754, It wasn't until 1866 that Mineral County was created from the larger county.

The county is named for rich deposits of iron ore and coal that are in the western part of the region.

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Source: The 55 West Virginias: A guide to the State's Counties, by E. Lee North, Published by The West Virginia University Press.

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Population: 27,078

Land in square miles: 328

Number of people per square mile: 82.6

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