Nitro, West Virginia

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Nitro is a city in West Virginia, along the Kanawha River. Most of the city lies in Kanawha County, with the remainder in Putnam County. The population was 6,824 at the 2000 census.

Nitro was incorporated in 1932 by Circuit Court.

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City name origin

The name Nitro derives from nitrocellulose.[3] The Nitro area was to be the American ammunition production facility during World War I. Its name was selected by the United States government because of the establishment there, during World War I, of a large federal plant for the manufacture of explosives. The chemical plants in the area were able to fulfill this function during World War II, on a lesser scale. The city is known as the "Magic City," or a "Living Memorial to World War I."

Famous residents

Famous people with ties to the town:

  • Major League Baseball player Lew Burdette was born in Nitro in 1926.
  • Country singer Kathy Mattea, who grew up in nearby Cross Lanes, is a graduate of Nitro High School.
  • J. R. House, who played for several MLB teams in the early 2000s, was a record-setting quarterback at Nitro High from 1996 through 1998.
  • Actor Clark Gable lived briefly in Nitro around 1920.
  • Diemon Dave (aka Kung Fu Hillbilly from the Jerry Springer Show) lives in Nitro, WV

Geography

Nitro is located at 38°24′55″N 81°49′52″W / 38.41528°N 81.83111°W / 38.41528; -81.83111 (38.415281, -81.831249).[4]

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