Sources for West Virginia maps include atlases, history books, and the extensive collection of individual maps which are available at the West Virginia and Regional History Center. In addition to statewide, regional, and county atlases, local histories frequently include detailed maps. Atlases are a good place to start in the search for specific counties, towns, districts, mountains, rivers, and other geographical locations.
White's New County and District Atlas of the State of West Virginia. (Philadelphia: S. A. Mitchell, 1873.)
Sam E. Clagg and Robert L. Britton. West Virginia Atlas. (Huntington: Marshall College, 1955.)
New Descriptive Atlas of West Virginia. (Clarksburg: Clarksburg Publishing Co., 1933.)
C. J. Puetz. West Virginia County Maps. (Lyndon Station, WI: Puetz Place, 1988?)
Fire Insurance Maps from the Sanborn Map Company Archives, late 19th Century to 1989, West Virginia. Original maps (A&M 1307) and 10 microfilm reels (W 1526).
Peter Lessing and Nora L. Simcoe. Catalog of West Virginia Maps. 2nd edition. ([Morgantown: West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey,] 1988.)
In addition to maps, useful sources listing and locating geographical features include gazetteers, place name directories, history books, and post office directories, such as the following:
West Virginia Gazetteer of Physical and Cultural Place Names. (Morgantown: West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey, 1986.)
West Virginia Geographic Names. (Reston, Va.: U.S.G.S. Topographic Division, 1981.)
A Guide to Pronunciation of Place Names in West Virginia. 5th edition. (Morgantown: West Virginia University, Office of Publications, 1995.)
Henry Gannett. A Gazetteer of Virginia and West Virginia. (Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1975.)
Hamill Kenny. West Virginia Place Names, Their Origin and Meaning. (Piedmont, W.Va.: The Place Name Press, 1945.)
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