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Title: The Southern states of North America: a record of journeys in Louisiana, Texas, the Indian territory, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland
Authors: King, Edward, 1848-1896
Publisher: London : Blackie & son
Contributing Library: University of California Libraries
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along the Elkriver is very important; hundreds of rafts are floated down that stream to themouth of the Kanawha, and thence into the Ohio. A single company sendstwelve hundred thousand bushels of coal down the Coal river annually. TheElk River railroad will soon connect Charleston with Pittsburg and the East,and the Parkersburg, Ripley and Charleston road is an important route recentlyprojected. Manufactures are creeping into the West Virginia capital. It beginsto assume the thrifty and active appearance of a New England city. On thebanks of the Kanawha there are many pleasant towns, rapidly increasing inpopulation. Prominent among them are Point Pleasant, Buffalo, Raymond City,Winfield, St. Albans, Brownstown, Coalburg and Cannelton. 690 THE KANAWHA SALT REGION The completion of the James River and Kanawha canal would undoubtedly aidimmensely in the development of the resources of the Kanawha valley. The canalis now completed from Richmond to Buchanan, 197 miles, leaving a gap of 303
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The Snow Hill Salt Works, on the Kanawha River. miles yet to be built between that point and the mouth of the Kanawha. Theimportance to Virginia and the Western States of a line of cheap water trans-portation from the Ohio river to theChesapeake bay can hardly be over-estimated. The salt region tributary to Char-leston extends from that place fifteen«;, ^-^aaggMa^J !#MfflBIP^itr- miles on cither side up the Kanawha * ^ ^S^»^ -^^^S^^^SZ river. The annual product from the wells in the region is about two millionbushels. It might readily be increas-ed to twent}^ The Snow Hill furnace,owned by Dr. Hale, of Charleston, isone of the largest in the world, and in1870 produced more than four hun-dred thousand bushels of excellentIndian Mound, near St. Aibun. fra«OMx.i ^alt.* This important intcrcst and
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