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Native daughter, Mary Lou Retton, scored big for her hometown when she received two perfect 10's during her gold-medal win in Gymnastics in the Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles.

1908, July 5
The first Father's Day Service of the World was conducted in Fairmont, West Virginia on July 5, 1908 at the former Central United Methodist Church, when it was Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South. More about this historical fact is documented on this page
This is the location of our web page for the church and our page for Father's Day.

1876, April 2
Most of the business district was burned and destroyed. This was the same day that neighboring Palatine became an incorporated village.

The "Great Iron Bridge" was built for pedestrians and wagons. It was a suspension bridge and connected Fairmont and Palatine.

1852, April 5-6
The "Mon" rose to 43 feet above low water stage in a terrible flood which devastated the area.

The first courthouse was built and completed. It was a red brick, two-story building with a cupola and bell at the top. It was on Adams Street.

The first white settlers arrived in the area of present-day Marion County in what was then western Virginia.

This page is for perpetual written accounts of historical events that have occurred in the city. Anyone who feels they have pertinent information may submit it. This includes all people in or out of Fairmont and could involve any interested adults or children with events or items that are of interest. Items may be submitted for publication on this page where they will remain as part of a historical archive for the city. Items of interest may include noteworthy events, special events of historical importance, information about area growth that pertains to the history of the city, and other pertinent notes. We hope to establish a large data base of information about the history of each city. Historical Societies are encouraged to open their own page on Key to the City for more extensive historical information.

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