Preston County, West Virginia, is the only county in the United States with that name. It lies nestled into a corner of the state bounded on the rth by Pennsylvania and the Mason-Dixon Line, and on the east by the state of Maryland. This scenic Appalachian region has a variance in elevation from a low of 870 feet to a high of 3,236 feet. With more tillable land than any other county in the state, Preston County is naturally a farming community, although mining, timber, recreation, and tourism are vital contributors to the county s ecomy. In this vibrant retrospective, local author Charles A. Thomas brings the county s past to life, covering the period from 1890 to the mid-1900s. Vintage images portray the pioneer era, the early commercial and industrial ventures here, and the people who brought it all about. We visit turn-of-the-century schools and mills, and see the trains and railroaders who made this area prosper in the late 1800s.