Welcome to Logan, WV History and Nostalgia

Logan County, Virginia was formed on May 7, 1824 and named in honor of the famous Mingo Indian Chief. The Logan Courthouse village was first established as Lawnsville in 1827. The town was first incorporated in 1852 as Aracoma. Its first mayor was Thomas Dunn English who wrote “Ben Bolt”. On June 20, 1863 West Virginia seceded from the Confederate State of Virginia and joined the Union. The Aracoma name was changed to Logan in 1907. William Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield (Sept 9, 1839 – Jan. 6, 1921) famous patriarch of the Hatfield clan is buried in the county.

This website is dedicated to preserving the memories and history of Logan County, West Virginia. Everyone is welcome to help in this endeavor by sharing their photos, memories and any information they may have about the history of Logan County. We especially would appreciate the help from local historians and writers. Please check out our posts and photos and feel free to join in on any of the discussions.  Our web address is www.LoganWV.us — an easy United States web address to remember. Thanks for stopping by!

Logan WV April 1999April 1999 from the top of Buskirk Hill.

Featured Posts

  • Buffalo Creek Disaster – Feb. 26, 1972
  • Dark as a Dungeon – Holden, March 8, 1960
  • Does Mamie Thurman Still Walk Those Hills?
  • Hatfield Pioneers
  • History of Logan County
  • Logan and Lincoln County Vietnam Casualties
  • Logan County Featured Videos
  • Logan County, WV Communities and Towns
  • Logan County, WV Genealogy
  • Logan Wildcats
  • Reunion Announcements
  • WWII and Korean War Veterans of Logan County

  • Black shim for spacing

    Latest Posts

  • The end the Hatfield political dominance
  • Mine Wars
  • A stringent look into the history of Logan County
  • 1957 Logan High School
  • Finding Princess Aracoma
  • Logan High Students from Cherry Tree
  • Monumental efforts gave us our ‘Doughboy’
  • Spiritually reuniting Logan’s pioneer couple
  • “Boots” was anything but a normal coal miner
  • Cherry Tree in the news

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    The Appalachian Project
    Man is a little town of 759 people (not all men, by the way) that is located in Logan County, West Virginia. The town is located in the heart of West Virginia's coal country and has a history deeply intertwined with that industry.

    The town is located at the mouth of Buffalo Creek along the Guyandotte River. Buffalo Creek is well-remembered as the site of the tragic Buffalo Creek Flood that took place in 1972 when a dam broke and several coal communities were virtually washed away. We will have a more detailed story on that horrific flood on our website in the future.

    Like most coal towns, Man has been hammered by a drop in population mainly due to the decline in mining employment. The local high school mascot names is, without a doubt, one of my favorites - the Hillbillies. I saw a lot of Hillbilly pride on my trip through town so they must have a good amount of school spirit.

    The folks I encountered in town were quite nice as evidenced by this story: I stopped at the local Hardee's to grab a drink and once I ordered I realized I had forgotten my wallet in my car. I went to retrieve it and, in the meantime, an elderly gentleman had gone in to order food. The cashier mentioned to him that she was waiting on me to return to pay and he was apologetic way beyond called for by the situation. He mentioned being sorry a minimum of five times before I could leave when, frankly, he didn't owe me any apology in the first place. I felt terrible for the man as I could tell it was eating him alive that he had "wronged" someone (despite it actually being my fault). It just showed the level of courtesy and respect for fellow man that is in short supply these days.

    I hadn't been to Man since I was a little boy (I have to work in bad puns wherever I can). I can't help but wonder if a man from Man is known as a Man's man. Those two puns were bad enough to cost TAP up to 100 likes but it was worth it to this...guy. - Shane Simmons

    *the video refers to crossing a bridge over Buffalo Creek but it was actually the Guyandotte River. Just for clarification, thanks to folks for pointing that out.*
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    I enjoy your Writing, Man' Shane Simmons. I have been to that Hardee's. I and my friends got on the road to man once, I plan on taking another ride through Man very soon.

    I left Logan in 1964 and I went back down there sometime later when there was a damn broke up around man I think somewhere

    The Banjo Nation
    John Scruggs was born into slavery in Virginia in 1855. A newsreel crew visited his cabin in 1928 and filmed him playing banjo for his wife and grandchildren.

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