The West Virginia. Cyclopedia
Jane Lew, West Virginia
A community in Lewis County, Jane Lew, WV was laid out in 1835 by Lewis Maxwell, member of Congress from Virginia, 1827-1833. The town was not incorporated until May 27, 1907. Jane Lew is named in honor of Jane Lewis, mother of the founder of the town. The Clarksburg, Weston & Glenville Railroad completed a narrow gauge railroad line from Clarksburg to Jane Lew on August 9, 1879.
The book, A History of Lewis County, West Virginia, noted that Jane Lew experienced a rapid development following the Civil War, largely to the rich agricultural district around the community. The marble works were established at Jane Lew in 1872. In 1877 a census of the town showed two stores, two drug stores, a tannery, a saddler's shop, a wagon shop, a pottery, a tailor shop, a flouring mill, a school, and a church. Two early banks, the Peoples Bank and the Bank of Jane Lew, opened in 1903. In 1910 Jane Lew had a population of 327 but by 1920 the town's population had grown to 560. The Jane Lew Sandstone (in Pittsburgh Redbeds) was named for exposures found on Hackers Creek, just east of Jane Lew.
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Elevation: 1007 feet
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Watters Smith Memorial State Park: Located about 6 miles from Jane Lew
Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park: Located about 11 miles from Jane Lew
The school district of Jane Lew was created by act of Legislature, Feb. 25, 1882. You can read the bill in its entirety via Google Books.