Category Archives: Logan County History

Spiritually reuniting Logan’s pioneer couple

By Dwight Williamson This was originally published in the Logan Banner on July 30, 2014 and is republished here with the author’s permission and our special thanks. A Logan Banner story which appeared April 23 of this year concerning the … Continue reading

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“Boots” was anything but a normal coal miner

By Dwight Williamson Thousands of men have since about 1900 risked their lives bringing coal from the mountainous hollows of Logan County. There have been hundreds of coal mine related deaths and thousands of injuries, including broken backs and lost … Continue reading

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The Civil War in Logan County

By Dwight Williamson Although during the Civil War Logan Countians were predominantly southern sympathizers, there were those persons of the area who actually believed in the northern cause and enlisted with the northern forces. The names of people like James … Continue reading

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English credited with discovering coal in Logan Co.

By Dwight Williamson There have been many notable figures who have made their homes in what is now Logan County. One such person that few people are aware of is a man who came from his native Philadelphia in 1852 … Continue reading

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Logan Co. people with national interest

By Dwight Williamson The events that formulate the subject matter of history have proven bountiful in Logan County. From times past when Aracoma and other Indians roamed our hills and valleys until the present day huge success of the million-to-one … Continue reading

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The little town at the mouth of Buffalo Creek

By Dwight Williamson Man, W.Va., was incorporated in 1918. The formal boundaries for the Town of Man encompass a land area of 1.1 sq. miles and a water area of 0.05 sq. miles. The elevation is 738 feet. February 26th … Continue reading

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City losing another historical structure

By Dwight Williamson Another relic of the town of Logan is in the process of disappearing. URCO Incorporated purchased the property from the State Auditor’s Office for taxes and employees are currently razing the 102-year-old structure located on Hudgins Street … Continue reading

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Early Logan Co.: A mighty tough place to live

By Dwight Williamson From everything I’ve been able to discover over the years, it appears Logan County was a mighty tough place to live, particularly during the 1800’s. There were no real law enforcement officers, and oftentimes matters were settled—let’s … Continue reading

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The legendary Don Chafin

By Dwight Williamson While great detail will be given in a future edition of this newspaper regarding the history of legendary Logan County Sheriff Don Chafin and the very house in which he lived, for today’s purposes, I would like … Continue reading

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The historic cemetery in Logan

By Dwight Williamson “People who die are not buried in a field, they are buried in the heart” — Anonymous. There exists a somewhat forgotten yet historic cemetery in the town of Logan. Located on High Street, it is unintentionally … Continue reading

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