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Preston County

May 15, 2013

Preston County was formed in 1818 from Monongalia County and named in honor of James Peyton Preston, a governor of Virginia from 1816-1818.

The development of a rail line in the county in the 1850s spurred development and allowed a way to transport coal and lumber. Coal mining remains an important business in the county today.

The county seat is Kingwood, which is named for the tall trees that grew in the area in the early part of the 1800s.

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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: 29,334

Land in square miles: 648

Number of people per square mile: 45.2

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