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Mineral County

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Created in 1866 from Hampshire County, and so named because of the mineral resources found there. Important frontier forts were located in the county during Indian Wars.

County Seat: Keyser, WV
Population: 27,078 (2000 Census)
Mineral County Profile

Lodging: Mineral County Hotels

Cities and Towns

Keyser, WV
Piedmont, WV
Ridgely, WV


Mineral County Library Association


Mineral County Schools

Additional Links

Fort Ashby


Temperature Mean Annual Average: 47 (Degrees F)
January Averages: High 35 (Degrees F) -- Low 16 (Degrees F)
July Averages: High 79 (Degrees F) -- Low 55 (Degrees F)

Long Term Precipitation

January: 3.43 inches -- July: 5.06 (inches) -- Annual: 48.0 (inches)

Mean Annual Snowfall Range

30 - 60 inches

Mineral County Weather Forecast

Additional Sources of Information


West Virginia Geological Survey: Mineral and Grant Counties