McDowell County was formed in 1842 from Rutherford and Burke Counties.
This county has seen many border changes over the years that researchers should be aware. See The Formation of the North Carolina Counties, 1663-1943, by David Leroy Corbitt for a complete history of the county formation. (Affiliate Link)
U.S. Enumeration Maps 1900-1940 for this county can be found on FamilySearch in the unindexed files. Here is a direct link to this North Carolina county’s Enumeration Maps.
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