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Avondale is an unincorporated community located in McDowell County, West Virginia, USA. Avondale lies along the Norfolk and Western Railroad on the Dry Fork. According to the Geographic Names Information System, the community has also been known as Ritter having been named after William McLellan Ritter, founder of the W.M. Ritter company.
- At the turn of 20th century Ritter was the site of a large logging operation called the W.M. Ritter Company. The W.M. Ritter Company was organized in 1901 and by 1913 had holdings of over 2 billion feet of prime hardwood lumber. The Dryfork River was used as a means of transportation to float the logs down through the city of Iaeger where the Dry Fork River intersects the Tug River which flows into the Big Sandy River and on to the Ohio River.
- Avondale is also the home of the Two Rivers Conservation Club which was founded by James E. Baily to protect and promote conservation and wildlife management for McDowell County. The club continues to be active in promoting conservation projects throughout the area.