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Brooke County

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Brooke County
Wellsburg City Hall and the Brooke County Courthouse

Created in 1797 from part of Ohio County, Brooke County was named in honor of Robert Brooke, governor of Virginia from 1794 until 1796. The first European settlers in Brooke County were Jonathan, Israel, and Friend Cox, who arrived in 1770 or 1771 and constructed a shelter near present-day Wellsburg where they claimed 400 acres of land via Tomahawk Rights. Alexander Campbell here founded the Christian Church and established a college. The first Grimes Golden apple tree was discovered and developed in this county by Thomas Grimes in about 1804. The Ohio River flows across the western flank of the county.

County Seat: Wellsburg, WV
Population: 25,447 (2000 Census)
Brooke County Profile

Lodging: Brooke County Hotels

Cities and Towns

Bethany, WV
Follansbee, WV
Wellsburg, WV


Colleges and Universities: Bethany College (map)

Public Schools: Brooke County Schools


Brooke County Public Library


Temperature Mean Annual Average: 52 (Degrees F)
January Averages: High 37 (Degrees F) -- Low 20 (Degrees F)
July Averages: High 85 (Degrees F) -- Low 61 (Degrees F)

Long Term Precipitation

January: 2.24 inches -- July: 4.36 (inches) -- Annual: 39.0 (inches)

Mean Annual Snowfall Range

35 - 40 inches

Brooke County Weather Forecast

Additional Sources of Information


West Virginia Geological Survey: Ohio, Brooke and Hancock Counties