Clarksburg, West Virginia

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Clarksburg is a city in the North-Central region of West Virginia, United States. It is the county seat of Harrison County,[3] and the principal city of the Clarksburg, WV Micropolitan Statistical Area. The population of the city was 16,743 at the 2000 census.



The first documented visitor to the area now known as Clarksburg was John Simpson[4], a trapper, who in 1764 located his camp on the West Fork River opposite the mouth of Elk Creek at approximately 39°16′53″N 80°21′05″W / 39.28128°N 80.35145°W / 39.28128; -80.35145 (39.28128, -80.35145)[5]

As early as the year 1772 settlers began locating their lands near where Clarksburg now stands, and in 1773 Daniel Davisson took up 400 acres (1.6 km2), upon which the principal part of the town is now located. The year 1774 found the following persons settled in the neighborhood of Clarksburg, Daniel Davisson, Thomas Nutter, Samuel Cottrill, Sotha Hickman, Samuel Beard, Andrew Cottrill, Obadiah Davisson, John Nutter, Matthew Nutter and Amaziah Davisson. There were no doubt others located on public lands of which no official record was made.[4],

Clarksburg was formed in 1785 in Virginia. The city is named for General George Rogers Clark,who gained great fame on the frontier by his many expeditions against the British and Indians in the Indian Wars and the war of the American Revolution, particularly by his bold capture of the Fort of Vincennes now in the State of Indiana in the year 1778.[6]

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