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At the confluence of Little Kanawha River and the Ohio River you will find Parkersburg, West Virginia. It is the seat of Wood County. Originally called Newport just after the American Revolution in the late 1700s, it was named in honor of Alexander Parker, who was granted land in what was, at that time, Virginia because of his service in the Revolutionary War. In 1810, his children got the name changed from Newport and Parkersburg. During the Civil War, Parkersburg was a medical and transportation hub for the Union, and after the war, that role was further developed.

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