- Kanawha County, West Virginia
Infobox U.S. County
county = Kanawha County
state = West Virginia
map size = 225
founded = 1789
seat = Charleston | area_total_sq_mi =911
area percentage = 0.87%
census yr = 2000
pop = 200073
web = www.kanawha.us
Kanawha County (pronounced ka-NAW-ah') is a
countylocated in the U.S. stateof West Virginiataking its name from the Native term, Kanawha: "place of white stone". As of 2000, the population was 200,073. Its county seatis CharlestonGR|6. Kanawha County is the most populous county in the state of West Virginia.
During 1974, Kanawha County became known for its textbook controversy. Conservatives wanted to purge material they considered unsuitable from school textbooks, leading to
John D. Mauricewriting his Pulitzer Prizewinning editorials.
Kanawha County is part of the Charleston, WV metropolitan area, with a 2006
Censuspopulation estimate of 305,526 people.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 911
square miles (2,359 km²), of which, 903 square miles (2,339 km²) of it is land and 8 square miles (20 km²) of it (0.87%) is water.
* [http://www.kanawha.us/ Kanawha County Commission]
* [http://kanawha.lib.wv.us/ Kanawha County Public Library]
* [http://kcs.kana.k12.wv.us/ Kanawha County Schools]
* [http://www.rootsweb.com/~wvkanawh/ WVGenWeb Kanawha County]
* [http://www.genealogybuff.com/wv/wv-kanawha-obits.htm Kanawha County Obituary Archive]
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