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Washington County, Map, 1890


Washington County is the first known locality in the United States to be named for George Washington. It was created from Fincastle County in 1776. At the time of the creation of this map, the county covered 600 square miles.  Twelve percent of the area was mountainous. Approximately one-sixth of the county contaned important ore and mineral deposits, as depicted on the map. The natural resources include sandstone, iron ore, marble and limestone.

Learn more about these resources from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy.

Citation: Boyd, C.R. Map of Washington Co., Virginia, and contiguous territory. Phila., Pa.: J.L. Smith Map Publisher, 1890. G3883.W4 1890 .B4, Map Collection, Library of Virginia


VS.1, VS.2, VS.8, USI.1, USI.2, USI.9

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Analyze: What other cities or counties in the United States are named for famous Americans? Are there any similarities in location, population, year of creation, etc.? What other famous Americans have similar numbers of areas named for them?

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