Hartford City, West Virginia

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Hartford City, also known as Hartford,[3] is a town in Mason County, West Virginia, in the United States. The population was 519 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Point Pleasant, WV–OH Micropolitan Statistical Area.



Hartford is located on a portion of land owned by Colonel Andrew Waggener, who in 1772 was given 4,000 acres (16 km2) by King George III for his services in the French and Indian War. It was established as a town in 1853, and a coal mine was established the same year. Salt extraction began in 1856, by capitalists from Connecticut named Morgan Buckley and William Healey, who named the town for Hartford. The first post office was opened in 1858, and the community was incorporated in 1868.[4][5]


Hartford City is located at 39°0′13″N 81°59′28″W / 39.00361°N 81.99111°W / 39.00361; -81.99111 (39.003704, -81.991203),[6] along the Ohio River.[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.2 km² (1.2 mi²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 519 people, 216 households, and 150 families residing in the town. The population density was 160.3/km² (415.6/mi²). There were 289 housing units at an average density of 89.3/km² (231.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.84% White, 0.58% Native American, 0.19% Pacific Islander, and 0.39% from two or more races.

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