What if?

From the FREE PRESS, 28 Feb.,1889

A new county. Speculation is rife at Strasburg and vicinity to form a new county known as Massanutten. It is proposed to take in the lower part of this, the western part of Warren, and southern part of Frederick to form the new county. It is claimed that persons living in these parts of the respective counties live too far from their different county seats -- Strasburg to be made the county seat of the new county, which is convenient from all points. The proposed line is to run across the valley in this county at about Mauertown, thence down the Massanutten mountain, through Warren County to a point southeast from Crisman's Springs, or Valcluse, then on northwest by Valcluse through Frederick county to the West Virginia line, then south with the Frederick and Shenandoah line. The legislature this fall is expected to grant a charter for the new county, if a majority of citizens of the proposed new county favor the project. Strasburg is to have a court house, also a jail is needed. The whole affair may possibly come to naught, yet there is a possibility of such a thing being possible.

Contributed by Jim Artz.

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