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Clickable Map of Kanawha County, West Virginia and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Kanawha County, WV (162) Boone County, WV (16) Clay County, WV (7) Fayette County, WV (107) Jackson County, WV (21) Lincoln County, WV (8) Nicholas County, WV (40) Putnam County, WV (25) Raleigh County, WV (46) Roane County, WV (9)  KanawhaCounty(162) Kanawha County (162)  BooneCounty(16) Boone County (16)  ClayCounty(7) Clay County (7)  FayetteCounty(107) Fayette County (107)  JacksonCounty(21) Jackson County (21)  LincolnCounty(8) Lincoln County (8)  NicholasCounty(40) Nicholas County (40)  PutnamCounty(25) Putnam County (25)  RaleighCounty(46) Raleigh County (46)  RoaneCounty(9) Roane County (9)
Charleston is in Kanawha County
    Kanawha County (162)
    Boone County (16)
    Clay County (7)
    Fayette County (107)
    Jackson County (21)
    Lincoln County (8)
    Nicholas County (40)
    Putnam County (25)
    Raleigh County (46)
    Roane County (9)
 
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1West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — "The West Virginia Coal Miner"
Earl Ray Tomblin President Senate        Bob Wise  Governor       Robert S. Kiss, Speaker House of Delegates                                                       By Resolution of the Seventy-Fourth Legislature            "The West . . . Map (db m49802) HM
2West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — 1607 - 1681
1607 English settle Jamestown 1608 French settle Quebec 1620 Pilgrims settle Cape Cod 1624 Dutch settle New York 1630 Puritans found Massachusetts 1634 Maryland settled 1663 King's grant of Carolinas . . . Map (db m178827) HM
3West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — 1716 - 1763
1716 Gov. Spotswood's Shenandoah Expedition 1730's Shenandoah Valley settlements 1750-1760's Carolina's-Georgia back country settled 1745-49 Ohio Valley land rivalries 1754-63 French and Indian War 1775-83 . . . Map (db m178828) HM
4West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — 1787 - 1818
1787 Northwest Ordinance 1803 Louisiana Purchase 1803-06 Lewis and Clark Expedition 1811-18 Cumberland to Wheeling RoadMap (db m178829) HM
5West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — 1819 - 1853
1819 Florida purchase from Spain 1836 Texas Republic formed 1842 Maine-Minnesota Boundary Treaty 1845 Annexation of Texas 1846 Oregon-Canada Boundary Treaty 1846-48 Mexican War 1848 California-New Mexico . . . Map (db m178830) HM
6West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — 1837 - 1889
1817-1850's Steamboats on Western waters 1825-1850's Great Canal Act 1826-1850's Railroad - B&O Begins - 1826 1859 First Transcontinental railroadMap (db m178834) HM
7West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — 1859 - 1863
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8West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — 30,000 B.C. - 1521 A.D.
25-30,000 B.C. Amerindians people American West 10,000 B.C. Enter South America 7,000 B.C. Reach its southern tip 1,000 B.C.-1300 A.D. Adena-Hopewell Cultures in Ohio Valley 300 A.D.-1521 A.D. Mayan, Inca, Aztec . . . Map (db m178825) HM
9West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — 45th US Colored Infantry
Two companies of this regiment, consisting of 212 African American soldiers, were credited to WV. The men were recruited in Philadelphia in 1864, with several identified as born in WV, and fought at Chaffin's Farm, New Market Heights, Hatcher's Run, . . . Map (db m178804) HM
10West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — 980 A.D. - 1536 A.D.
980-1000 A.D. Voyages of Leif Ericson, Eric the Red 1492-1504 A.D. Voyages of Columbus 1497-1498 A.D. Voyages of John Cabot 1535-1536 A.D. Voyages of Jacques CartierMap (db m178826) HM
11West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln was elected the 16th president of the U.S. in 1860. He received fewer than 2,000 votes in Virginia, most from present-day West Virginia. Lincoln preserved the Union, ended slavery, and played the decisive role in the admission . . . Map (db m137890) HM
12West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Abraham Lincoln Walks At Midnight
[East Side] "Abraham Lincoln Walks At Midnight" from poem by Vachel Lindsay Sculptor Fred Martin Torrey 1884-1967 Born in Fairmont, West Virginia Dedicated June 20, 1974 Arch A. Moore, Jr. Governor [South Side] . . . Map (db m23019) HM
13West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Alex Schoenbaum
Alex Schoenbaum became one of the nation's foremost restaurateurs by building a chain of Shoney's Big Boy restaurants that started on this site in 1947 and grew to 1900 restaurants within four decades. The original restaurant was the Parkette . . . Map (db m178784) HM
14West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Baptism By FireTo Arms!
In July 1861, this area swarmed with retreating Confederate troops and pursuing Federal forces. Union Gen. George B. McClelland had ordered Gen. Jacob Cox to march his 3, 000 raw Ohio recruits into western Virginia from Gallipolis, Ohio, to drive . . . Map (db m59146) HM
15West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Battle of CharlestonDowntown Battleground — Jenkins's Raid —
(Preface): Confederate Gen. Albert G. Jenkins led 550 cavalrymen on a 500 mile raid, Aug. 22-Sept. 12, 1862, attacking Federal forces, capturing prisoners, and destroying military stores. From Salt Sulphur Springs he rode along the Tygart and . . . Map (db m59137) HM
16West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Battle of CharlestonLightburn's Retreat — Jenkins's Raid —
(Preface): Confederate Gen. Albert G. Jenkins led 550 cavalrymen on a 500-mile raid from Salt Sulphur Springs, Aug. 22-Sept. 12, 1862, attacking Federal forces and destroying military stores. He captured and paroled 300 Union soldiers, . . . Map (db m59143) HM
17West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Booker Taliaferro Washington
1856 - Born a lowly slave; 1915 - Died a great American. Famous educator, author, lecturer and advocate of the doctrine of interracial cooperation. Booker T. Washington was born near Hale's Ford, Franklin, County, VA. He spent his . . . Map (db m23024) HM
18West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Breezemont915 Breezemont Drive
The United States Department of Interior has placed this property on the National Register of Historic PlacesMap (db m178788) HM
19West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Brines & Rock Salt
1755 Indians use salt lick - Malden, Kanawha County 1797 First salt furnace - Cambells Creek, Kanawha County 1808 First drilled brine well - Great Buffalo Lick (Malden) 1809 Salt manufactured Bulltown, Braxton County . . . Map (db m178837) HM
20West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Charleston
Founded by George Clendenin and named for his father. Established, 1794. Fort Lee, built 1788, stood on Kanawha River. “Mad Anne” Bailey, the border heroine, and Daniel Boone and Simon Kenton, noted scouts, once lived here.Map (db m126868) HM
21West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Charleston Baptist Temple
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Map (db m178800) HM
22West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Charleston Trails / Illustrated History of the Midland Trail
Charleston Trails
"It is solved by walking." - Latin proverb "A taste for the beautiful is most cultivated out of doors." - Henry David Thoreau American writer & naturalist, 1817 - 1862 . . . Map (db m178539) HM
23West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Charleston's Civil War SitesThe Past is Present
Two significant dwellings that stood elsewhere during the Civil War have been relocated to this park for public use: Craik-Patton House. The Rev. James Craik, son of George Washington’s personal secretary, constructed this house in . . . Map (db m59136) HM
24West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Coal
1742 Discovered - Peytona, Boone County 1800 Pittsburgh Seam - Pocatalico River, Putnam County 1836-43 First geological survey - state coal fields 1848 Cannel coal developed - Cannelton, Fayette County 1883 . . . Map (db m178840) HM
25West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Craik-Patton House
Built 1834 as "Elm Grove" by James Craik, grandson of Geo. Washington's personal physician. Sold to George Smith Patton, 1858, and retained by family until end of Civil War. Born here was father of noted World War II general Geo. S. Patton. Moved to . . . Map (db m50419) HM
26West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Daniel Boone
Across the Great Kanawha River, lived Daniel Boone, the noted frontiersman, from about 1788 to 1795. He represented Kanawha County in the Virginia Assembly, 1791; was Lieut. Col. of Virginia militia during Indian wars.Map (db m50466) HM
27West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Daniel BooneThe Western Virginia Pioneer 1788-1799
. . . Map (db m50467) HM
28West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Dedicated to You, A Free Citizen in a Free LandWest Virginia's Liberty Bell Replica
This reproduction of the Liberty Bell was presented to the people of West Virginia by direction of The Honorable John W. Snyder Secretary of the Treasury As the inspirational symbol of the United States Savings Bonds . . . Map (db m128488) HM
29West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Executive Mansion
In 1924, ground was broken for this magnificent Georgian colonial style mansion, official home of the State's governors since 1926. Designed by W. F. Martens, it was constructed of colonial Harvard brick at an initial cost of $203,000.Map (db m42673) HM
30West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — First Gas Well
In 1815 Captain James Wilson while drilling here for salt brine vowed he would drill to Hades if necessary. A large flow of gas was struck that ignited and burned with a huge flame, apparently fulfilling the captain's original vow.Map (db m50417) HM
31West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Fort Clendenin1788
Saved by two historic rides for powder. Ann Bailey on horseback through wilderness to Lewisburg and return. Fleming Cobbs poled down Kanawha River to Point Pleasant and return. This boulder is established to commemorate Clendennin's . . . Map (db m23013) HM
32West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Fort Lee
A western frontier outpost, guarding settlers against the Indians. Built here in 1788 and named for Gen. Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee, one of Washington's most trusted officers. Later Lee was governor of Virginia.Map (db m50416) HM
33West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Fort Scammon
With a commanding view of the area below, present-day Fort Hill was used by both Civil War armies. The Confederate push into the Kanawha Valley in 1862 relied on artillery on the heights, and Union troops created a more permanent presence in 1863, . . . Map (db m137903) HM
34West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — KA-1 — Fort Scammon
At the top of the hill is the site of an earthwork fort built by Union soldiers in 1863. During the battle of Sept. 13, 1862, Confederate artillery fired on Charleston from this place. Hayes and McKinley, future presidents, served at the fort.Map (db m178789) HM
35West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Garnet High School
Garnet High School has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Map (db m178798) HM
36West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — George W. Summers
Born in Fairfax County in 1804. he came to Kanawha Valley as a child. Secured reforms benefiting western Virginia at 1850-51 Constitutional Convention. Served at 1861 Peace Conference that tried to avoid war and voted against secession at . . . Map (db m137910) HM
37West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Gold Star Families Memorial MonumentA tribute to Gold Star Families and Relatives
This monument honors, recognizes, and serves Gold Star Families and the legacy of their Loved Ones who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the Armed Forces of the United States of America. The Homeland panel features images . . . Map (db m178824) WM
38West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Kanawha County Formed November 14, 1788
Kanawha County formed November 14, 1788 Organized October 6, 1789 Gentlemen justices qualified as members of the county court Thomas Lewis • Robert Clendenin • Francis Watkins • Charles McClung • Benjamin Strother • William . . . Map (db m178791) HM
39West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Kanawha RiflemenHometown Boys in Gray
A memorial dedicated to the Kanawha Riflemen stands across the road behind you, on the exact route of the James River and Kanawha Turnpike. Former Confederate Gen. John McCausland, the last surviving Confederate general officer, attended the . . . Map (db m126800) HM
40West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Kanawha Riflemen1861-1865
This memorial erected by the Kanawha Riflemen Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy in honor of the Kanawha Riflemen First organization of the company 1856 Capt. George S. Patton ∙ First Lieut. Andrew Moore ∙ . . . Map (db m152131) HM
41West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Lewis’ March
Near this place, the army of Gen. Andrew Lewis camped, Sept. 21, 1774, enroute from Lewisburg. From Charleston, Lewis led his men by land and water to Point Pleasant where Cornstalk’s Indians were defeated, Oct. 10, 1774.Map (db m76824) HM
42West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Limestone • Sandstone • Silica
1700's Settlers quarry limestone - Briery Mtn, Preston County 1813 First class plant - Wellsburg, Brooke County 1850-1860's Silica sand quarried - Warm Springs Ridge, Morgan County 1850-1900 Sixty building stone . . . Map (db m178841) HM
43West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Little Page Terrace Public HousingNew Deal Era Project
The Littlepage Terrace Public Housing Project, constructed ca. 1939 under the Works Progress Administration (WPA) of the New Deal Program, was built upon the remnants of the Littlepage farm owned by the prominent Charleston Littlepage family. The . . . Map (db m178781) HM
44West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Mary Price Ratrie GreenspaceNature's Gifts of Stone, Clay and Water
The Mary Price Ratrie Greenspace has transformed an ordinary asphalt parking lot across the street from the Clay Center into a slice of West Virginia natural heritage. The site features stacked terraces that establish a backdrop resembling the . . . Map (db m178503) HM
45West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Mary Price Ratrie Greenspace / Illustrated History of the Midland Trail
Mary Price Ratrie Greenspace Biography Mary Price Ratrie was born in the Dickinson family, which through its manufacture of salt, coal mining, banking activities and philanthropic contributions, helped develop and shape Charleston and the . . . Map (db m178536) HM
46West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Mattie V. Lee Home, Inc.
Mattie V. Lee Home, Inc. established in 1915 has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Map (db m178797) HM
47West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Military OccupationA Bitter Pill to Swallow
"I direct you to have guns in readiness to fire on Charleston. If rebels come in here Charleston shall be destroyed, for it is the work of disloyal citizens." - Gen. Eliakim P. Scammon, May 112, 1863, to Col. Rutherford B. Hayes. Union . . . Map (db m59139) HM
48West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Natural Gas
1773 Discovered at Burning Springs, West Virginia 1806 Encountered in Salt Drilling, Kanawha County 1841 Used to boil salt brine, Kanawha Couty 1894 Largest West Virginia discovery, Tyler CountyMap (db m178838) HM
49West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Oil
1807 Encountered in Salt Drilling, Kanawha County 1825 Gathered at forks of Hughes River 1860-1863 Oil boom, Little Kanawha River 1889 Mannington Field opened 1890 Polecat Well No. 4 - Sistersville, Tyler . . . Map (db m178839) HM
50West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Presidential PresenceTending to Family, Fort, and Ferry
Camp White, the main Union camp at Charleston, was located directly across the Kanawha River from here. Col. Rutherford B. Hayes, 23rd Ohio Infantry, occupied the camp and Charleston in March 1863. He ordered his men to build a fort on top of the . . . Map (db m59521) HM
51West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Site of Fort Lee1786
. . . Map (db m179315) HM
52West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Slavery in West Virginia
In 1860 Virginia, nearly 491,000 men, women, and children of African descent were held in slavery under the law. Less than 4 percent lived in present-day West Virginia, the majority concentrated in seven counties. The geography and economy of . . . Map (db m178802) HM
53West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — State Capitol
West Virginia's Capitol first located in Wheeling, 1863; moved to Charleston, 1870; back to Wheeling, 1875; and finally to Charleston, 1885. It was located two miles west until destroyed by fire, 1921. Present building was completed in 1931.Map (db m23018) HM
54West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — State Capitol
West Virginia's Capitol first located in Wheeling, 1863; located in Charleston, 1870; again in Wheeling, 1875, and finally in Charleston, 1885. It was located 2 mi. west until destroyed by fire, 1921. Present building was completed in 1932.Map (db m42674) HM
55West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — State Capitol
Constructed of buff Indiana limestone and lined with Imperial Danby marble from Vermont, the State's Capitol is considered one of the world's superb examples of Italian Renaissance architecture. Designed by the internationally prominent Cass Gilbert . . . Map (db m42676) HM
56West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — State Capitol
West Virginia's Capitol is much traveled; Wheeling to Charleston to Wheeling and then back to Charleston, it moved. At this spot it stood from 1885 until destroyed by fire in 1921. The Capitol now stands two miles east.Map (db m76738) HM
57West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — State Capitol1885 - 1921 — stonework from the front portico —
stood on the block bounded by Lee, Dickenson, Washington and Capitol Streets in memory of Charles Walker volunteer died fighting the Capitol fire Jan. 3rd 1921Map (db m178796) HM
58West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Temple Israel - 1873
Site of the First Permanent Jewish House of Worship in the State of West Virginia. Temple Israel 1873Map (db m134323) HM
59West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — The 35th Star* * * West Virginia Statehood
Sectional differences in western and eastern Virginia fueled resentment and political divisions before the Civil War. The divisions soon became irrevocable after the convention in Richmond voted on April 17, 1861, for Virginia to secede and join . . . Map (db m42895) HM
60West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — The Block
Heart of the black community, area was the center for black business, education, religion, and social life but also had Greek, Italian, Lebanese and Syrian businesses. Many local black leaders had ties to the area, which declined due to 1960s urban . . . Map (db m76741) HM
61West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — The Block
Heart of the black community, area was the center for black business, education, religion, and social life but also had Greek, Italian, Lebanese and Syrian businesses. Many local black leaders had ties to the area, which declined due to 1960s urban . . . Map (db m76760) HM
62West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — The Block Historic District / Midland Trail
The Block Historic District During the early 1900's, the Great Migration began when millions of black people traveled from many rural southern states and headed for Chicago, Detroit, or Toledo, for a better way of life. As they . . . Map (db m178528) HM
63West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — The New Deal In Your CommunityKanawha Boulevard
Kanawha Boulevard has gone by various names throughout history. The Boulevard was known as Front Street when "Charles Town" was chartered in 1794. Through the years, it has been called First Street, Water Street and Kanawha Street prior to being . . . Map (db m85208) HM
64West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — The New Deal In Your CommunityKanawha Boulevard
Kanawha Boulevard has gone by various names throughout history. The Boulevard was known as Front Street when "Charles Town" was chartered in 1794. Through the years, it has been called First Street, Water Street and Kanawha Street prior to being . . . Map (db m179318) HM
65West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — The Ruffners
Grave of Joseph Ruffner, who bought the site of Charleston from the Clendenins. His son, Daniel, built Holly Mansion on Kanawha Street in 1815. The Ruffners aided oil and gas development by improved drills used in salt wells.Map (db m23014) HM
66West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Thomas J. Jackson"Stonewall"
[South Side] Born Jan. 21, 1824 Clarksburg, VA. Now West Virginia, Confederate General Died May 10, 1863 [East Side] This monument first located on original state capitol grounds Sept. 27, 1910; relocated to the . . . Map (db m23016) HM
67West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Timber
1776 Waterpowered "sash" sawmill, Tucker County 1830's Steam powered circular saws first used 1860 Portable steam sawmills, first used 1871 C&O sawmill opened, St. Albans, Kanawha County 1875 Band sawmill . . . Map (db m178836) HM
68West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Union Civil War Monument
[South Side] In memory of the thirty-two thousand soldiers, sailors, and marines contributed by West Virginia to the service of the Union during the Civil War 1861-1865 [East Side] This monument erected A.D. 1930 by the Union . . . Map (db m23025) HM
69West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — War At The Front DoorLittlepage Mansion
In July 1861, this area swarmed with retreating Confederate troops and pursuing Federal forces. Union Gen. George B. McClellan had ordered Gen. Jacob Cox to march his 3,000 raw Ohio recruits into western Virginia from Gallipolis, Ohio, to drive . . . Map (db m59150) HM
70West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — West Virginia Home Guards
[East Side] Montani Semper Liberi Dedicated to the hallowed memories of the brave men and devoted women who saved West Virginia to the Union. Presented to the state and people of West Virginia through the instrumentalities of the Grand . . . Map (db m23055) HM
71West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — West Virginia Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to the men and women of West Virginia who died in the defense of freedom and all who served in its cause during the 20th centuryMap (db m178822) WM
72West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — West Virginia's Female Veteran
With gratitude from a grateful state, this statue is dedicated to West Virginia's female veterans for their dedication and selfless service in the Armed Forces of the United States of America. We, the people of this state and this country, owe a . . . Map (db m178823) WM
73West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — William Blizzard
Born in Kanawha County on 19 September 1892. Began work as a miner at age ten, and served as field organizer, UMWA. Noted as leader of 1921 Armed March. Indicted for treason but later acquitted. President of District 17 and vice-president of West . . . Map (db m23011) HM
74West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — William H. Davis
Born in Ohio in 1848, Davis served during the Civil War in the Union Light Guard of Ohio that was tasked with protecting President Lincoln. After the war, he moved to present-day Malden and later Charleston, where he served as an educator. His . . . Map (db m178787) HM
75West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — World War I Memorial1917 - 1918
In grateful recognition of the heroism and sacrifice of the men of Kanawha County West Virginia who gave themselves for liberty and humanity during the World WarMap (db m178794) WM
76West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — World War I Memorial
In memory of the men of Kanawha County, West Virginia, who gave their lives in the World War, 1917-1918Map (db m178799) WM
77West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — World War II Memorial1941 - 1945
Erected by a grateful people in memory of the brave courageous and patriotic men and women of our community who made the supreme sacrifice for our beloved country in World War IIMap (db m178795) WM
78West Virginia (Kanawha County), Charleston — Zero Mile StoneState Road Commission of West Virginia
This marker was set in 1934. Was removed from the Capitol grounds in 1938, due to municipal street construction, reset at present location in 1956. State Roads Commission of West Virginia Hon. William C. Marland - Governor Hon. Burl A. . . . Map (db m179316) HM
 
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