Logan County, West Virginia

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Logan County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of 2000, the population was 37,710. Its county seat is Logan[1].

Logan County was formed in 1824 from parts of Giles, Tazewell, Cabell, and Kanawha counties. It is named for Chief Logan, famous Native American chief of the Mingo tribe. In 1921 it was the location of the Battle of Blair Mountain, one of the largest armed uprisings in U.S. history.

More recently, the Buffalo Creek Flood of February 26, 1972, killed 125 people when a coal slurry dam burst under the pressure of heavy rains, releasing over 100,000,000 gallons of waste and water in a 30 foot wave onto the valley below. The communities of Lorado and Lundale were destroyed and 14 other communities heavily damaged, including Saunders, Amherstdale, Crites, and Latrobe.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 456 square miles (1,180 km²). 454 square miles (1,176 km²) of it is land and 1 square mile (4 km²) of it (0.31%) is water.

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