Prepared by the League of Women Voters
Wayne County — peaceful and pastoral today — is named for an American war hero, Gen. “Mad Anthony” Wayne, who defeated the Shawnee Indians in the Battle of Fallen Timbers, clearing the way for white settlers to safely enter the region and begin claiming homesteads.
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ORIGIN: Wayne County was established by the state of Virginia on Jan. 18, 1842. It and 43 other counties joined to form West Virginia on June 20, 1863. It’s the westernmost county in what is now the state of West Virginia, and it was named in honor of Gen. “Mad Anthony” Wayne. The general is credited with making the region safe for a white settlement, after defeating the Shawnee Indians in the Battle of Fallen Timbers.
MILTON — You won’t see any high-rise buildings towering above Milton, West Virginia, while driving past on nearby I-64, but what the city lacks in height, it more than makes up for in depth.
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ORIGIN: Named for Milton Rece, a large landowner and the first Postmaster in the area when the town was incorporated in 1876.
For more than 165 years, Putnam County has sat within its own borders as a rural to suburban area located between larger cities to its east and west. It straddles the Kanawha River with ample farmland and the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad as crucial elements that helped its economy early on.
Attractions, golf, shopping, dining.
ORIGIN: Putnam County was formed in 1848 from Kanawha, Cabell and Mason counties. The county was named for Israel Putnam, a New England patriot, who served as a general in the Revolutionary War.