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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
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