Grafton, West Virginia

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Grafton is a city in, and county seat[3] of, Taylor County, West Virginia, USA. The population was 5,489 at the 2000 census. The only two national cemeteries in West Virginia are located in Grafton. Mother's Day was founded in Grafton on May 10, 1908; the city is the home to the International Mother's Day Shrine. Grafton was one of the first places to observe Memorial Day in the United States.

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History

The City of Grafton was chartered in 1856. It is believed to have been named after John Grafton, a civil engineer of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.

Geography

Grafton is located at 39°20′30″N 80°1′11″W / 39.34167°N 80.01972°W / 39.34167; -80.01972 (39.341757, -80.019817)[4], along the Tygart Valley River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.8 square miles (9.8 km²), of which, 3.7 square miles (9.5 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (3.16%) is water.

Tygart Lake State Park is a major nearby tourist attraction.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,489 people, 2,277 households, and 1,448 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,491.1 people per square mile (575.9/km²). There were 2,575 housing units at an average density of 699.5/sq mi (270.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.07% White, 0.84% African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.05% from other races, and 0.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race comprised 0.67% of the population.

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