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Kanawha County

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Kanawha County

Formed from parts of Greenbrier County and Montgomery County (Virginia) in 1788. Named for the Great Kanawha River, which received its name from the Indian tribe which once lived along the river and in the territory now embraced within the county. The tribe's name had been spelled various ways by early explorers -- from Conoys to Connis to Kanawha and so-on. The 1788 act creating the county spelled the name of the county as "Kenhawa," which has never been officially changed by act of legislature or court, although by popular usage "Kanawha" has come to be the accepted spelling.

County Seat: Charleston, WV

Population: 200,073 (2000 Census)

Kanawha County Profile

Lodging: Kanawha County Hotels

Schools: Kanawha County Schools

Libraries: Kanawha County Public Library

Airports: Yeager Airport

Cities and Towns

Belle, WV
Burning Springs, WV
Cross Lanes, WV
Cedar Grove, WV
Charleston, WV
Clendenin, WV
Dunbar, WV
East Bank, WV
Glasgow, WV
Institute, WV
Malden, WV
Marmet, WV
Nitro, WV
Pratt, WV
St. Albans, WV
South Charleston, WV


Tri-State Racetrack & Gaming Center - Casino, greyhound racing, and gaming at Cross Lanes, WV

Points of Interest

Criel Mound - Also known as the South Charleston Mound, the Criel Mound is the second largest Adena Indian mound found in West Virginia, and is located in South Charleston, WV.
Fort Lee
Fort Tackett

State Forests

Kanawha State Forest

Wildlife Management Areas

Wallback WMA


Temperature Mean Annual Average: 55 (Degrees F)
January Averages: High 41 (Degrees F) -- Low 23 (Degrees F)
July Averages: High 86 (Degrees F) -- Low 64 (Degrees F)

Long Term Precipitation

January: 2.91 inches -- July: 4.99 (inches) -- Annual: 42.5 (inches)

Mean Annual Snowfall Range

25 - 40 inches

Kanawha County Weather Forecast

Additional Sources of Information


History and Mystery of the Kanawha Valley

History of Kanawha County and Biographical Sketches or Prominent Men

History of Kanawha County: From Its Organization in 1789 Until the Present Time

The Capital of West Virginia and the Great Kanawha Valley: Advantages, Resources and Prospects

West Virginia Geological Survey: Kanawha County