Princeton was founded almost a quarter of a century before the Civil War. Its growth accelerated in 1908 with the arrival of the Virginian Railroad's first passenger train. Supporting businesses and industries, the town's rail industry opened the area's future growth. Princeton, being the county seat, is located in the southern tip of West Virginia, approximately 100 miles from the State Capitol in Charleston. During the 1980's the community's population expanded by nearly 25% and the job growth rate has more that doubled that. In 1990-1994, 30 new businesses opened along with construction permits totaling over $15 million. Indicators predict that the job growth rate will continue to at 6%. The community stands as an industrial and service center. Princeton's centralized location at the third most active interstate interchange in the state (I-77 and U.S. Rt. 460), makes it the transportation network center. I-77 runs from the Great Lakes to Florida. This major route is utilized mostly for shipping and tourism due to its link to I-64. Princeton is equipped with all the utilities and natural resources required for new business and industry. Communications include print, radio, television and telephone. The city of Princeton and surrounding areas has a new water system that can handle 5 million gallons of water per day, expandable to 15 million gallons. A multitude of recreational and cultural activities are provided within the City of Princeton through the Princeton Recreation Center, the City Park, and the Hunnicutt Stadium and Sports Complex. Residents enjoy a healthy outdoor lifestyle throughout all four seasons. The surrounding environment provides opportunities for fishing, hiking, sporting events, swimming and much more!
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