Built on a low plain near the point where the Shavers Fork and Black Fork rivers converge to form Cheat River, Parsons has been subjected to floods throughout its history. Those that ravaged West Virginia in the autumn of 1985 were particularly devastating, damaging or destroying 90 percent of the town's commercial buildings and 80 percent of its houses. Even so, Parsons remains Tucker County's largest municipality, as it has since 1930. It boasts a 2000 population of 1,463 and the county's only traffic light.
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