Junior, West Virginia - History

History

Junior, West Virginia was originally known as Row Town, Virginia. It was named after Golden Franklin Row's grandfather. In the late 19th century, Henry Gassaway Davis, at the time a U.S. Senator, founded the Junior Coal Company and named it after his son, Henry Gassaway Davis, Jr. After Davis' son drowned off the coast of Africa in 1897, the elder Davis asked that the town name be changed in memory of his son.

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