Boone County, West Virginia

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Boone County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of 2000, the population was 25,535. Its county seat is Madison[1]. Boone County was formed in 1847 from parts of Kanawha, Cabell, and Logan Counties and named for Daniel Boone, noted hunter and explorer, whose home was in the Great Kanawha Valley from 1789 to 1795.

Boone County is part of the Charleston, WV metropolitan area which has a 2006 Census population estimate of 305,526 people.

Leading industries and chief agricultural products in Boone County include coal, lumber, natural gas, tobacco, and strawberries.

On February 1, 2006, two fatal mining accidents occurred in the communities of Uneeda and Wharton in Boone County. These two deaths with the addition of January's Sago Mine disaster and the Aracoma Alma Mine disaster caused West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin to close all of West Virginia's mines in a "mine safety stand-down."

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