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By the early 19th century, salt brines were discovered along the Kanawha River and the first salt well was drilled in 1806.This created a prosperous time and great economic growth for the area.By 1808, 1,250 pounds of salt were being produced a day.An area adjacent to Charleston, Kanawha Salines, now Malden, would become the top salt producer in the world.It was drilled at the site that is now the junction of Brooks Street and Kanawha Boulevard (near the present-day state capitol complex.) In 1817, coal was first discovered and gradually became used as the fuel for the salt works.The Kanawha salt industry declined in importance after 1861, until the onset of World War I brought a demand for chemical products.
The town continued to grow until the Civil War began in 1861.
It was and is the name of the river that flows through Charleston.
The grammar of the "hard H" sound soon dropped out as new arrivals of various European languages developed West Virginia.
The city also contains public parks, such as Cato Park and Coonskin Park, and the Kanawha State Forest, a large public state park that sustains a pool, camping sites, several biking/walking trails, horseback riding, picnic areas, as well as several shelters provided for recreational use.
After the American Revolutionary War, pioneers began making their way out from the early settlements.
Today, Charleston is the largest city in the state and the state capital.