Proctorville, Ohio

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Proctorville is a village in Lawrence County, Ohio, United States, along the Ohio River. The population was 620 at the 2000 census. The East End Bridge connects Proctorville to Huntington, West Virginia across the Ohio River.

Proctorville is a part of the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). As of the 2000 census, the MSA had a population of 288,649.

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History

The land where Proctorville is now situated was originally settled in 1797 and called Quaker Bottom. Situated on the Ohio River, Quaker Bottom grew throughout the 1800s as a trading center. In 1834, Jacob Proctor established a general store next to the wharf, and river boat captains knew the town as "Proctor's Landing".[3] When the town was incorporated in 1878, the name was changed to Proctorville in Jacob's honor.[4]

The Rome Beauty apple was developed by Joel Gillette and his son Alanson in Rome Township, near Proctorville, in 1816.[4]

The town was decimated by a fire on April 7, 1900, and most of the destroyed businesses were never rebuilt. Major flooding in 1913 and 1937 further damaged the town.[3]

The town and surrounding area has experienced growth since the completion of the East End Bridge connecting Proctorville to Huntington in 1985.

Geography

Proctorville is located at 38°26′17″N 82°22′55″W / 38.43806°N 82.38194°W / 38.43806; -82.38194 (38.437980, -82.381853)[5].

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