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McDowell was formed in 1842 from Rutherford and Burke Counties. It was named in honor of Colonel Joseph McDowell, an officer of the Revolution. It is situated in the west central part of North Carolina, bounded by Avery County, Buncombe County, Burke County, Henderson County, Mitchell, Rutherford County, and Yancey County. The court was ordered to be held at the home of Jonathan L. Carson until the county seat could be established. The act also named commissioners to select a site as near the center of the county as possible, acquire land, lay out a town by the name of Marion, and erect a courthouse. Marion is the county seat.
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At Louiseís Famous Rockhouse Restaurant in Linville Falls, diners order pie in one county and itís baked in another. The restaurant straddles three counties: Burke, McDowell, and Avery.
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