County at a Glance - Mercer
History1,2: Established in 1837 from parts of Giles and
Tazewell counties (Virginia) and named in honor of General Hugh Mercer, of
Revolutionary War fame.
Area (square miles)1: 423.91
County Seat1: Princeton
Population (1990)1: 64,980
Leading Industries and Chief Agricultural Products1: coal,
lumber manufacturing, hay and grain, dairying, livestock, poultry
Public Recreation Areas3: Camp Creek State Forest, Camp Creek
State Park, Pinnacle Rock State Park, Pipestem Resort State Park
Coal Facts and Figures4
Coal Reserve Summary
Original Mineable Reserves = 506,829,312 tons
Reported Production, 1883-1995 = 204,240,101 tons
Estimated Loss = 136,160,067 tons
Estimated Recoverable Reserves = 99,857,486 tons
Coal Production, 1995
Total Production = 0 tons
Number of Underground Mines = 0
Number of Surface Mines = 0
Gas and Oil Facts and Figures5
NOTE THAT THE FOLLOWING DATA ARE PRELIMINARY VALUES--
NOT ALL 1995 DATA HAVE BEEN REPORTED AND
NOT ALL 1995 DATA HAVE BEEN QUALITY CHECKED.
Gas Production, 1995
Total Reported Production = 274,378 thousand cubic feet (Mcf)
Well Count = 49
Average Production = 5,599.6 Mcf
Oil Production, 1995
Total Reported Production = 0 barrels (bbl)
Well Count = 0
Average Production = 0 bbl
1 Information Source = Counties in West Virginia Blue Book - 1995:
D. E. Holmes (ed.), Chapman Printing, vol. 77, p. 731-846.
2 Information Source = New Descriptive Atlas of West Virginia: 1933,
Clarksburg Publishing Company, 64 p.
3 Information Source = Departmental, Statistical, and General
Information in West Virginia Blue Book - 1995:
D. E. Holmes (ed.), Chapman Printing, vol. 77, p. 953-1038.
4 Information Source = Statistical Section in Annual Report
and Directory of Mines - 1995, West Virginia Office of
Miners' Health, Safety, and Training, July 1996, p. 23-66. [Note: Original
Mineable Reserves from the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey (WVGES)]
5 Information Source = West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP); data have undergone a cursory quality check by the WVGES
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