The West Virginia. Cyclopedia
From the location of the source of the Tygart River, in Randolph County, to a point about five miles above Huttonsville, WV, the Tygart Valley is narrow and thinly settled. Following down the valley to three mile below Elkins, WV there is almost continous bottom land, much of it being nearly a mile wide. Between Belington, WV and the mouth of the Buckhannon River the Tygart Valley is narrow and gorge-like. Below the mouth of the Tygart to Grafton, WV, the valley, although still sided by steep hills, opens out into bottom land of limited extent, principally at and near Philippi, WV, and at Grafton. Between Grafton and the mouth the hills again close in near the stream.