Webster Springs, West Virginia

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Webster Springs is a town in Webster County, West Virginia, United States. Although it was incorporated as Addison in 1892,[5] it is more frequently referred to as Webster Springs, the name of the town's post office.[1] It was named as such for Addison McLaughlin, upon whose land the town was originally laid out.[1] The population was 808 at the 2000 census.[4]

The town was famous in the late 19th and early 20th centuries for its numerous salt sulfur water wells. People believed that the water from the wells had medicinal qualities.[5] The town also hosts the annual Webster County Wood Chopping Festival, a weekend-long competition in which lumberjacks from all over the world compete. The festival lasts from mid-week the week leading up to Memorial Day until the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, when the festival ends with a fireworks display.

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Etymology

The name of the town is officially Addison, West Virginia. However, it is most commonly referred to as Webster Springs (the name of the towns post office, since 1902).[6] It also labeled on some maps as Addison, and some as Webster Springs. The unofficial name has gone so far that the county commission's letterhead reads "Webster Springs," rather than Addison, which it had previously.

The town has also been known as; Elk Lick, Fork Lick, Fort Lick, Addison (officially 1892–present), and Webster Springs (unofficially 1861–present).[6]

History

The town's first permanent settler was named Polly Arthur, who arrived in 1860.[5] The first post office established in Webster County was Fort Lick, present-day Webster Springs.[5] The postmaster at the time was a man by the name of John Hall.[5]

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