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Kanawha River


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The Kanawha River ( kə-NAW-ə) is a tributary of the Ohio River, approximately 97 mi (156 km) long, in the U.S. state of West Virginia. The largest inland waterway in West Virginia, its valley has been a significant industrial region of the state since early in the 19th century.
It is formed at the town of Gauley Bridge in northwestern Fayette County, approximately 35 mi (56 km) SE of Charleston, by the confluence of the New and Gauley rivers. It flows generally northwest, in a winding course on the unglaciated Allegheny Plateau, through Fayette, Kanawha, Putnam, and Mason counties, past the cities of Charleston and St. Albans, and numerous smaller communities. It joins the Ohio at Point Pleasant.
Paleo-Indians, the earliest indigenous peoples, lived in the valley and the heights by 10,000 BC as evidenced by archaeological artifacts such as Clovis points. A succession of prehistoric cultures developed, with the Adena culture beginning the construction of numerous skilled earthwork mounds and enclosures more than 2000 years ago. Some of the villages of the Fort Ancient culture survived into the times of European contact.
The area was a place of competition among historical American Indian nations. Invading from their base in present-day New York, the Iroquois drove out or conquered Fort Ancient culture peoples, as well as such tribes as the Huron and Conoy. By right of conquest, the Iroquois, Lenape (Delaware), and Shawnee reserved the area as a hunting ground. They resisted European-American settlement during the colonial years. Eventually the settlers took over by  right of conquest.
The river valley contains significant deposits of coal and natural gas. In colonial times, the wildly fluctuating level of the river prevented its use for transportation. The removal of boulders and snags on the lower river in the 1840s allowed navigation, which was extended upriver after the construction of locks and dams starting in 1875. The river is now navigable to Deepwater, an unincorporated community about 20 miles (32 km) upriver from Charleston. A thriving chemical industry along its banks provides a significant part of the local economy.
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Kanawha River

Kanawha River

Tributary in West Virginia

  • Desc: The Kanawha River is a tributary of the Ohio River, approximately 97 mi long, in the U.S. state of West Virginia. The largest inland waterway in West Virginia, its valley has been a significant industrial region of the state since early in the 19th century.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanawha_River
  • Type: Thing, BodyOfWater, RiverBodyOfWater, Place
  • Result Score: 995.55
Little Kanawha River

Little Kanawha River

Tributary in West Virginia

  • Desc: The Little Kanawha River is a tributary of the Ohio River, 169 mi long, in western West Virginia in the United States. Via the Ohio, it is part of the watershed of the Mississippi River, draining an area of 2,320 mi² on the unglaciated portion of the Allegheny Plateau.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Kanawha_River
  • Type: Thing, BodyOfWater, RiverBodyOfWater, Place
  • Result Score: 229.12
James River and Kanawha Canal

James River and Kanawha Canal

Canal in Virginia

  • Desc: The James River and Kanawha Canal was a partially built canal in Virginia intended to facilitate shipments of passengers and freight by water between the western counties of Virginia and the coast.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_River_and_Kanawha_Canal
  • Type: LandmarksOrHistoricalBuildings, TouristAttraction, Thing, Place
  • Result Score: 36.94
West Fork Little Kanawha River

West Fork Little Kanawha River

Tributary in West Virginia

Kanawha River Valley

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  • Result Score: 12.00
Right Fork Little Kanawha River

Right Fork Little Kanawha River

Tributary in West Virginia

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