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Clarksburg, West Virginia

Clarksburg - Outstanding Places Trivia Powered by ABEClarksburg is a city in and the county seat of Harrison County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 16,743 at the 2000 census. Since 1979 Clarksburg has hosted the annual West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival held during Labor Day weekend. Every September since 1991 the city has been the site of the West Virginia Black Heritage Festival.

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1. Who is Clarksburg named after?

2. What was the principal industry during most of the 20th Century?

3. Since 1995, what U.S. agency became located in Clarksburg, West Virginia?

4. What Civil War general was born in Clarksburg?

5. Who was the Clarksburg native died in the tragic Southern Airlines Flight 932 airplane crash?

6. Who is the ESPN sportscaster born in Clarksburg?

7. What are the two streams Clarksburg in located along?


1. Clarksburg was formed in 1785 in Virginia. The city is named for General George Rogers Clark. George Rogers Clark was a soldier from Virginia and the highest ranking American military officer on the northwestern frontier during the American Revolutionary War.

2. During most of the 20th century, Clarksburg was an industrial and manufacturing center, particularly in the glass industry.

3. Since 1995, Clarksburg has been the location of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Criminal Justice Information Services Division, the largest division of the FBI. The Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, a national fingerprint and criminal history system, became operational in July 1999 at the division's complex. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System, used to screen individuals attempting to receive a firearm, is operated from the facility.

4. In 1824, Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson was born in Clarksburg.

5. Frank Loria: Virginia Tech Hokies football All American player. He later died in the Southern Airlines Flight 932 airplane crash, that killed most of Marshall University's football team, on November 14, 1970.

6. Mike Patrick: ESPN sportscaster

7. Clarksburg is located along the West Fork River and Elk Creek.

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