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County at a Glance - Webster Webster County


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History1,2: The last county in West Virginia to be created before the separation from Virginia. Created in 1860 from Nicholas, Braxton, and Randolph counties and named in honor of Daniel Webster, New England orator and statesman.
Area (square miles)1: 558.60
County Seat1: Webster Springs
Population (1990)1: 10,729
Leading Industries and Chief Agricultural Products1: lumber, coal, potatoes, buckwheat, oats, livestock, poultry, honey
Public Recreation Areas3: Big Ditch Wildlife Management Area, Cranberry Back Country, Cranberry Recreation Area, Holly River State Park

Coal Facts and Figures4

   Coal Reserve Summary
      Original Mineable Reserves = 6,305,536,510 tons
      Reported Production, 1883-1995 = 78,567,959 tons
      Estimated Loss = 52,378,639 tons
      Estimated Recoverable Reserves = 3,704,753,947 tons

   Coal Production, 1995
      Total Production = 4,620,140 tons
         Production from Underground Mines = 2,065,843 tons
         (Number of Underground Mines = 9)
            Conventional =         0 tons
              Continuous = 2,065,843 tons
                Longwall =         0 tons
                   Other =         0 tons
         Production from Surface Mines =     2,554,297 tons
         (Number of Surface Mines = 6)


Gas and Oil Facts and Figures5

   Gas Production, 1995
      Total Reported Production = 0 thousand cubic feet (Mcf)
      Well Count = 0
      Average Production = 0 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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