This volume tells the story of Tucker County s history through the visual records of its communities, families, and industries. Carved out of Randolph County, Virginia, in 1856, Tucker County s early history played out in the farming communities of the Cheat River Valley. Beginningin 1884, the shrill whistle of industrialist Henry Gassaway Davis s railroad, the West Virginia Central and Pittsburg, woke the area to dramatic changes. New towns like Davis, Thomas, and Parsons grew up and prospered in response to the developing nation s demand for lumber and coal. The collection features the visual evidence of how the political, ecomic, and natural landscape of Tucker County changed from 1880 to 1960.