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Boone County

May 15, 2013

Named for noted hunter Daniel Boone, Boone County was formed in 1857 from parts of Kanawha, Cabell and Logan counties.

The first coal to be found in West Virginia was found by John Peter Salling in 1774 at Racine. Coal would later become a huge business for the mountain state, and is the major source of jobs for Boone County.

Madison is the county seat was incorporated in 1906.

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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: 25,535

Land in square miles: 503

Number of people per square mile: 50.8

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