History of how Big Sandy got its name


February 9, 2022

How Big Sandy got its name is a bit of a mystery, but an article from the February 2, 1922 issue of the Mountaineer offers a reasonable answer. Karen Reinertson and Renee Hanson found it last week while researching for the Old Timer’s Column. It’s an interesting story, which explains how Big Sandy Creek, which runs near our little community, was named. The town itself is named after the creek. Here is the account published around a century ago. —Erik

HERE IS THE STORY (The original headline!)

The following account of the origin of the names Big Sandy and Little Sandy was sent to us for publica...

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