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"Point Pleasant, a post-village, capital of Mason co., W. Va., is on the Ohio River, just above the mouth of the Kanawha River, 80 miles below Parkersburg, and 4 miles above Gallipolis, O. It has a court-house, 6 churches, a newspaper office, a national bank, and manufactures of machinery, barrels, flour, lumber, &c. Pop. in 1890, 1853."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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  • In the Battle of Point Pleasant (October 10, 1774), fought on the future site of the town,
    over one thousand Virginia militiamen, led by Colonel Andrew Lewis (1720–1781), defeated a roughly equal force of an Algonquin confederation of...Read MORE...


  • 1794 - In December 1794, the General Assembly of Virginia enacted legislation that set aside 200 acres of land from the property of Thomas Lewis and declared that a town be established under the name of Point Pleasant.
    By this act, Point Pleasant became the oldest town on the Ohio River.
    www.pointpleasantwv.org/ MasonCoHistory/ MasonCountyHistoryWebPage.htm

  • Point Pleasant was incorporated in 1833.


  • News 1888 - On the 14th two men were killed and three others fatally injured by the fall of a trestle on the railroad at Point Pleasant, W. Va.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    February 18, 1888

  • 1906
    Point Pleasant, a banking post-town, capital of Mason co., W.Va., is on the Ohio River, just above the mouth of the Great Kanawha River, 80 miles...Read MORE...


  • News 1911 - MET TRAGIC DEATH
    Mrs. James GARDNER, Jr., of Pt. Pleasant, Died in Burning of Home
    Point Pleasant was the scene Wednesday of the funeral of Mrs. James Gardner, Jr.,...Read MORE...


  • Point Pleasant, West Virginia, USA
    Old Mansion House, Built 1796
  • Point Pleasant, West Virginia, USA
    Court House
  • Point Pleasant, West Virginia, USA
    Kanawha River Shadle Bridge
  • News December 15, 1967 - The Silver Bridge connecting West Virginia and Ohio collapsed, resulting in the death of 46 people.
    OHIO RIVER SPAN COLLAPSES; DEATH TOLL MAY REACH SIXTY.

    Point Pleasant, W. Va., (UPI) - A depression-era bridge, groaning under the weight of rush...Read MORE...




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