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HISTORY of LOGAN COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA
IN OUR OPINION, this volume, History Of Logan County, West Virginia, is an especially important literary work. The book, which was penned in 1927 by respected Logan resident and journalist G.T. Swain, paints a vivid picture of a rugged and often lawless region in bygone days.
After we at Woodland Press acquired an original copy of this work, read the history and information therein and considered its educational and historical value, we felt Swain’s work was something that should be made accessible to readers and students of history in the 21st century. We believed it would be a fine and noble project to reissue this illuminating work in an affordable format. Thus, this volume is the result of that decision.
Inside this cover, Swain’s text is offered exactly as it was first published in the second decade of the twentieth century. The story of the earliest pioneers and settlers is given, along with the moving story of Princess Aracoma. The formation of the counties of Logan and Mingo is described, as well as the development of local government, in amazing detail.
The author, who personally knew Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield, shares his account of the story of the Hatfield and McCoy Feud. He also writes about Logan’s war record. The history of the local coal industry is recorded along with the emergence of the timber business, and several chapters are devoted to a graphic account of the mine wars—days when angry mobs of coalminers marched against Logan County.
A great deal of historical information is contained inside this volume, and we feel honored to be able to offer it in its entirety—in an affordable format—for the first time since 1927 in this special quality softcover edition.
It is our hope here at Woodland Press that through this undertaking, you, the reader, will discover a great resource of Logan County and West Virginia history. Through reading this text, we trust you will be inspired to dig even deeper into this area’s past.
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