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courthouseFairmont is the county seat of Marion County, West Virginia.  The population was 19,097 at the 2000 census.  Fairmont is nicknamed “The Friendly City” and is also touted as “The Home of the Original Pepperoni Roll” and the first Father’s Day service.  Fairmont is located in the north-central region of the state, along West Virginia’s I-79 High Tech Corridor.  It is about 18 miles southwest of Morgantown, the location of West Virginia University, and about 18 miles northeast of Clarksburg, the location of a large FBI facility.  Fairmont’s National White Collar Crime Center provides nationwide support to law enforcement agencies involved in prevention, investigation, and prosecution of economic and high-tech crime.  The NASA Independent Verification and Validation Facility, governed by the Goddard Space Flight Center, houses more than 150 full-time employees.

Fairmont State University, established in 1865, is located in Fairmont along with Pierpont Community and Technical College.  These two colleges and their nearly 8000 students enhance the  economic, academic, cultural, and recreational aspect of Fairmont.

Prickett’s Fort State Park is located in the northern part of Fairmont.  A reconstruction of the original fort hosts costumed reinactments of 18th century life as well as plays and musical performances.  The fort is also part of an extensive rails-to-trails system in the area.  Valley Falls State Park is also located nearby to the east.