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County at a Glance - Ritchie Ritchie County


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History1,2: Formed in 1843 from parts of Wood, Harrison, and Lewis counties and named in honor of Thomas Ritchie, a distinguished journalist of Richmond, Virginia, whose mother was a sister of Judge Spencer Roane, for whom Roane County was named.
Area (square miles)1: 455.27
County Seat1: Harrisville
Population (1990)1: 10,233
Leading Industries and Chief Agricultural Products1: petroleum, natural gas, clothing, glass and glassware, livestock, hay and grain
Public Recreation Areas3: Hughes River Wildlife Management Area, North Bend State Park, North Bend Rail Trail

Coal Facts and Figures4

   Coal Reserve Summary
      Original Mineable Reserves = 0 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 = 6,337,239 thousand cubic feet (Mcf)
      Well Count = 2,691
      Average Production = 2,355.0 Mcf

   Oil Production, 1995
      Total Reported Production = 58,305 barrels (bbl)
      Well Count = 576
      Average Production = 101.2 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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