Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: McDowell County Courthouse

The county seat of McDowell County is Welch, West Virginia. There you will find the county courthouse, which was designed by architect Frank Pierce Milburn and constructed between 1893 and 1894. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.

McDowell County Courthouse circa 1940; from a booklet produced by
the McDowell County Chamber of Commerce

McDowell County Courthouse in 2015

Matewan Police Chief, Sid Hatfield, was assassinated on the courthouse steps on 1 August 1921 by Baldwin-Felts agents working for coal mine owners during the West Virginia Mine War in the 1920s.

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