Place:Watauga, North Carolina, United States

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Watauga County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 51,079. Its county seat and largest town is Boone.

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History

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The county was formed in 1849 from parts of Ashe, Caldwell, Wilkes, and Yancey counties. It was named for the Watauga River, whose name is said to be a Native American word, the meaning of which is in dispute among various histories with translations ranging from beautiful water, whispering waters, village of many springs, and river of islands, to name a few.

In 1861 part of Watauga County was combined with parts of Burke, Caldwell, McDowell, and Yancey counties to form Mitchell County. In 1911, the county was reduced to roughly its current size when portions of it were combined with parts of Caldwell and Mitchell counties were combined to form Avery County.

Country music pioneer Al Hopkins was born in Watauga County in 1889.

Eight-time Grammy Award winner Doc Watson was born in Watauga County in 1923 and maintained his home in the community of Deep Gap until his death.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1830 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1849 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1850 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1858 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1873 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1873 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1914 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1920 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1850 3,400
1860 4,957
1870 5,287
1880 8,160
1890 10,611
1900 13,417
1910 13,556
1920 13,477
1930 15,165
1940 18,114
1950 18,342
1960 17,529
1970 23,404
1980 31,666
1990 36,952

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External links

www.wataugacounty.org


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