It is a center of government, commerce, and industry.

Later, coal became central to economic prosperity in the city and the surrounding area. In 1791, Daniel Boone was a member of the Kanawha County Assembly.

By the early 19th century, salt brines were discovered along the Kanawha River and the first salt well was drilled in 1806.

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Six years later, the Virginia General Assembly officially established Charleston.

On the 40 acres (160,000 m) that made up the town in 1794, 35 people inhabited seven houses. The origin of the word Kanawha (pronounced "Ka-NAH"), "Ka(h)nawha", derives from the region's Iroquois dialects meaning "water way" or "Canoe Way" implying the metaphor, "transport way", in the local language.

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.

Charleston is the capital and largest city of the U. As of the 2013 Census Estimate, it had a population of 50,821, while its metropolitan area had 224,743.

It is located at the confluence of the Elk and Kanawha Rivers in Kanawha County.

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 phrase has been a matter of Register (sociolinguistics).