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Friendly is a town in Tyler County, West Virginia, in the United States. The population was 132 at the 2010 census.
The town was likely named for Friend Cochrane Williamson, an early settler. Friendly was incorporated in 1898.
It is the setting of the novel Shiloh.
The 1884 Heirloom tomato variety was said to be discovered by James Lyde Williamson growing in a pile of flood debris along the Ohio River near Friendly, after the Great Flood of 1884.
In 1903 the Parkersburg and Ohio Valley Electric Railway began to build a major electric interurban railway between Wheeling and Parkersburg. It only opened five miles (8 km) between Sistersville and Friendly, and operated until 1918. Friendly was claimed to have been one of the smallest settlements in the USA with a dedicated interurban service, since it only had 217 residents at the time.
The Friendly City Building and Jail has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Friendly is located at 39°30′54″N 81°3′40″W (39.514888, -81.061011), along the Ohio River; directly across from Matamoras, Ohio.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.09 square miles (0.23 km2), all of it land.
At the 2010 census there were 132 people, 55 households, and 37 families living in the town. The population density was 1,466.7 inhabitants per square mile (566.3/km2). There were 73 housing units at an average density of 811.1 per square mile (313.2/km2).
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