Founded in 1820 by Boaz Fleming, Fairmont, West Virginia, is located midway between Morgantown and Clarksburg. It is the seat of Marion County, which was formed in 1842 from Harrison and Monongalia Counties. During its heyday in the early 20th century, Fairmont was home to 100 millionaires who prospered in the town largely because of the coal fields, which were connected to the Eastern Seaboard markets by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Today Fairmont is undergoing a renaissance and looks forward to continued growth while retaining its unique history.
|Publisher:||Arcadia Publishing SC|
|Series:||Images of America Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
Gena D. Wagaman has lived in West Virginia for the past 18 years, the last two in Fairmont. She holds a master of arts degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She also serves as the director of the Fairmont City Cemetery Restoration Project, which seeks to restore a 19th-century cemetery abandoned for 75 years. Through her research into the lives of the individuals interred in that cemetery, Gena D. Wagaman has begun to make connections to living descendants and to help the community regain a small part of its history.