If you are interested in West Virginia\u2019s mountains and valleys, you can find your fill by going to the south central part of the state.\r\n\r\nWebster County, named for Daniel Webster, has three\u00a0 main mountains to navigate to reach the county seat of Webster Springs. It all depends on which direction you choose to reach the county seat, once named Addison, for Addison McLaughlin, who donated the land for the courthouse.\r\n\r\nIts became better known as Webster Springs, for at one time it was a popular spring or \u201csalt lick.\u201d\u00a0 The \u201click was discovered in 1785 by Abraham Miers. Through time one lick was covered by sand as the rivers changed direction and covered the salt.\r\n\r\nMy route down the mountains from this direction was down Miller Mountain into Webster Springs. The first time was back in the 1940s with the Morgantown Junior High Band. The school bus driver stopped at the top of the mountain and shifted into a lower gear before trying to slowly steer the bus down the curves and steep slope to Webster Springs, where the band marched in a parade.\r\n\r\nI\u2019ve traveled that route many times since. Two other routes out of town are McGuire and Point Mountain, the tallest.\u00a0 When the county decided to replace Webster County High School it chose the route over McGuire to a flat area called Upper Glade, near the town of Cowen.\r\n\r\nThe county's estimated population in 2015 was 8,755, down from 9,719 in 2000. The county\u2019s area is estimated at 556 square miles.\r\n\r\nInterstate 79 has made the trip into Webster Springs a lot easier. The best route is to exit at Flatwoods and follow Holly River to Diana, then right toward Webster Springs. A turn left goes toward Holly River State Park, and Hodam Mountain, a curvy, steep route that was the way to go before I-79 was built.\r\n\r\nThe Back Fork of the Elk flows from a mountain top to merge with the Elk in Webster Springs.\r\n\r\nIf you spend enough time along the Back Fork you might see what mother nature can provide at times.\r\n\r\nI once was standing on a swinging bridge on the Back Fork, watching the sunfish and\u00a0 crabs in the calm, low stream. Suddenly I hear a noise and down the stream was a rush of water about two feet deep. In a flash it was a rush of water caused by an upstream rainstorm.\r\n\r\nWebster Springs for years has been host to wood chopping competition that had been watched worldwide, thanks in some measure to the Cogar family, headed by Arden and his son, a WVU law graduate.\r\n\r\nIn addition, the county recently was host to the week-long West Virginia Conservation Camp. For years Camp Caesar hosted the state 4H camp.\r\n\r\nWebster\u00a0Springs once was called Fork Lick for the salt at the \u201click\u201d location. The first permanent settler was Polly Arthur in 1860, at the \u201click.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe town was known as a health resort in the early 1900s. Sen. Johnson Camden built a 300-room hotel. It had Russian and Turkish baths. The hotel was destroyed by fire in 1926, and was never rebuilt.\r\n\r\nThe\u00a0 county is in the Allegheny Plateau and partially in the Monongahela National Forest. For years it was supported by coal mines, lumber industries, fruit and tobacco farms, livestock and hunting and fishing.\r\n\r\nWebster was the last county created in the state before separation from Virginia, in 1860. The state was created on June 20, 1863.\r\n\r\nDaniel Webster became a noted orator in the\u00a0 late 1800s, about the time Webster County was born.