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Formation of Alleghany County, North Carolina

The law which established Alleghany County in 1859 was much less complicated than the Watagua one. The law establishing Alleghany County reads:

… Beginning in the Wilkes county line on top of the Blue Ridge at the Mulberry Gap, running with the public road to Flint Hill; thence a direct line to the top of Frank’s Knob; thence to the south fork of New River, at the mouth of Prather’s creek’ thence down the meanders of said river to the junction with the north fork of said river; thence north to the Virginia line; thence east with the Virginia line to the Surry county line; thence with the Surry line to the Wilkes county lines; thence with the Wilkes line to the beginning…

Border disputes between the North Carolina counties were settled by the legislature. These disputes were nearly an annual thing until 1915 when the borders were finally firmly fixed. Ashe County required a total of 28 general assembly enactments to form Ashe County’s current boundaries.