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Paw Paw is located in Morgan County, West Virginia. The population was 524 at the 2000 census. The town is known for the nearby Paw Paw Tunnel. Paw Paw was incorporated by the Circuit Court of Morgan County on April 8, 1891 and named for the pawpaw, a wild fruit which formerly grew in abundance throughout this region. Paw Paw is the westernmost incorporated community in the Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Luellal M. Bohrer's dream was to have a library in Paw Paw. The first library was established in 1971 on Winchester Street. In 1976, the McNabb Family donated land at the library's current site in memory of their mother, Mrs. Della Edwards McNabb.

On George Washington's many trips west, he usually took the Winchester-Cumberland Road which closely parallels today's CR 29/51 through Paw Paw. The Potomac River, which embraces the old town in one of its bends, was navigated as early as 1750. Travelers heading west often crossed the gap in the mountains here, some settling to farm land along the river.

On February 9th, 2000, West Virginia’s Interscholastic High School Boys Basketball scoring record was broken by Paw Paw’s Josh Delawder who scored 32 points in a 69-55 win against Mount Savage, Md. Former major league baseball player Paul Popovich, who scored 2,660 points at Flemington High from 1955- 58, held the mark for 52 years. Delawder finished with 2,965 points at the end of his illustrious career.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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