Watoga, West Virginia

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Watoga, West Virginia
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Watoga, West Virginia
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Watoga, West Virginia
Coordinates: 38°08′44″N80°09′04″W / 38.14556°N 80.15111°W / 38.14556; -80.15111 Coordinates: 38°08′44″N80°09′04″W / 38.14556°N 80.15111°W / 38.14556; -80.15111
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Pocahontas
Elevation2,113 ft (644 m)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
  Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s) 304 & 681
GNIS feature ID1555926 [1]

Watoga is an unincorporated community in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, United States. Watoga is located on the east bank of the Greenbrier River 3.5 miles (5.6 km) east-northeast of Hillsboro.

Unincorporated area Region of land not governed by own local government

In law, an unincorporated area is a region of land that is not governed by a local municipal corporation; similarly an unincorporated community is a settlement that is not governed by its own local municipal corporation, but rather is administered as part of larger administrative divisions, such as a township, parish, borough, county, city, canton, state, province or country. Occasionally, municipalities dissolve or disincorporate, which may happen if they become fiscally insolvent, and services become the responsibility of a higher administration. Widespread unincorporated communities and areas are a distinguishing feature of the United States and Canada. In most other countries of the world, there are either no unincorporated areas at all, or these are very rare; typically remote, outlying, sparsely populated or uninhabited areas.

Pocahontas County, West Virginia County in the United States

Pocahontas County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,719. Its county seat is Marlinton. The county was established in 1821. It is named after the daughter of the Powhatan Native American chief from Jamestown, Virginia. She married an English settler and their mixed-race children became ancestors of many of the First Families of Virginia.

West Virginia State of the United States of America

West Virginia is a state located in the Appalachian region in the Southern United States that is also considered to be a part of the Middle Atlantic States. It is bordered by Pennsylvania to the north, Maryland to the east and northeast, Virginia to the southeast, Kentucky to the southwest, and Ohio to the northwest. West Virginia is the 41st largest state by area, and is ranked 38th in population. The capital and largest city is Charleston.

Watoga is a name derived from a Native American language (possibly Cherokee). [2]

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References

  1. U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Watoga, West Virginia
  2. Kenny, Hamill (1945). West Virginia Place Names: Their Origin and Meaning, Including the Nomenclature of the Streams and Mountains. Piedmont, WV: The Place Name Press. p. 661.