|Established||July 4, 1797 (territory), November 5, 1832 (county)|
|Population (2/2011 est.)||897,966|
|School System||Parkview-Hunter County Unified School District|
Hunter County is a densely populated county in the Federal Republic of Emeraldsbourg. The county seat is Parkview. The county was founded as a territory in 1797, and became a county in 1832.
When Emeraldsbourg finally gained independence from Albion on July 4, 1797, Hunter Territory was established under the 6-Territory Act. This act established the original 6 territories (then territories) of Emeraldsbourg: Ellis, Waxachie, Hunter, Allis, Mobo and Sand. The territory started off as a farming community, and the territory only had 1 town: Wolfe Hills (now Wolfington). On January 14, 1803, the federal government passed the Hunter Partition Act. Emerald and Abbey territories were formed from this act. This cut Hunter Territory's size in almost half. In 1804, another territory (Pulaski) was formed from Hunter and Allis territories.
Angel Island Revolt
At first, Angel Island was still considered part of Albion's empire. A war was then fought between the 2 countries. Angel Island became disputed territory until July 27, 1817. Both countries signed the Treaty of Fair Compromise, which gave the Burkmar Islands to Albion and Angel Island to Emeraldsbourg. However, some Albion echidnas were angry that a sacred location was turned over to another country. A revolt grew, but troops were sent in to stop the violence. Angel Island was then turned over to Hunter Territory for good.
The original 9 counties were only organized territories, at least until November 5, 1832. After months of negotiation and differences, Emeraldsbourg Parliament voted to pass the Hunter Act of 1832. Hunter County was now a full fledged county. The other counties followed in 1833, 1834 and 1835.
Another Angel Island Problem!
The new Hunter County Council passed the controversial Angel Island Ordinance in July 1892. It officially granted Hunter County full control of Angel Island. This made some people angry, and they rebelled against the county. After 2 weeks, the Angel Island Control Revolt ended. The Hunter County Council rewrote the ordinance. Angel Island would be its own independent zone, but would still have some dependence on Hunter County. For the time being, cooler heads prevailed....
In June 1895, a small trading post, bank, and post office was founded at Bullett's Mill. The area was then named Parks Crossroads. However, a textile boom and the Golden Age of 1901 caused the area to grow. Eventually, Parks Crossroads was renamed as Parkview in 1906. Hunter County took notice, and they moved the county government to Parkview in 1911. Wolfington started to boom, however. Unfortunately, it was not enough, and Parkview became the county seat on March 6, 1913. In a few years, Parkview's in-town population reached almost 33,500, while the daytime population reached 40,000.
Urban life....Here we come!
Over 120,000 people lived in Hunter County by June 4, 1913 (including 1,000 on Angel Island). Most settled near the coast or in the cities. However, farms started to fail, and corn, the leading crop in Hunter County, soon failed. The Panic of 1916 followed, as farmers could not grow corn. Eventually, farmers just left the farms for the cities. By then, however, Parkview and Wolfington grew so large, both cities needed SUBURBS. This was a giant leap forward for the county, as the rural life was being rejected and urban life was becoming more evident.
In 1930, Nelson was granted full cityhood by the Nelson Charter and Ordinance. Nelson was Parkview's first suburb. However, citizens of Wolfington started to feel that their needs were being neglected for the economic prosperity of Western Hunter County. This would become a future problem....
On January 3, 1931, the city of Wolfington, and all land east of County Road 35, seceded from the county and formed Wolfington County. However, Hunter County thought this was aggressive, so they sent County Guard troops to stop the conflict. Emeraldsbourg voted to send 5,000 troops to stop Wolfington. This period was called the Wolfington Civil War. The citizens fought valiantly, and some of the county's troops won awards for great service. On May 6, 1936, after over 5 years of fighting, an agreement was reached. Wolfington County rejoined Hunter County, and Hunter County would pay better attention to Wolfington's needs. Wolfington County was officially dissolved on July 31, 1936, and all government offices there were closed and/or absorbed into Hunter County by 1937.
Today, Hunter County is very urban and suburban. Only 2.9% of the county remains agricultural farmland, mainly in the far southern area, bordering Sand County. The cities of Parkview and Wolfington both have populations over 100,000. It was a great time of prosperity. However, the county has come under attack several times in the past, although all the problems were resolved. Hunter County is one of the most educated counties in the country (not counting territories), and because of Wolfington, one of the richest.
The Hunter County Jail was abandoned in 2010. All inmates were moved to the Parkview city jail.
In December 2010, areas east of Route 35 split off into Wolfings County. Unlike the 1936 secession, however, Parliament tolerated the new county.
- For more information on county government, see the page on Hunter County Government.
After Wolfings County seceded in 2010, Hunter County is no longer home to a commercial airport.
- The Parkview-Emerald Coast Regional Airport is one of the two commercial airports on the Emerald Coast, with many destinations both domestic and international. The airport is a hub for Emeraldsbourg Airways and is located southwest of Wolfington in an unincorporated area. (This airport is now in Wolfings County)
- Emerald Coast Regional Transit is the major bus transit provider in Hunter County, as well as Emerald, Sand and Buckner counties. Most of the daily customers/riders are from Hunter County.
- CoastTran is the subway and commuter rail provider on the Emerald Coast, with over 200 stations in Hunter, Emerald, Wolfings, Sand and Buckner counties.
Also, Hunter County also has some highways and freeways. The main freeways are Routes 35 and 67. A small stretch of Route 89 (Mobibu Freeway) passes through south Hunter County, but only for about 1.1 miles! Some surface roads include:
- Route 123 (Emerald Coast Highway)
- Route 10 (Coastal Boulevard)
- Route 1 (North-South Coastal Pkwy) - Now a freeway
- Route 33 (Northeast Hunter Parkway)
- Route 10C (Rising Tide Road)
Route 35C (Cross-Hunter Freeway) was finished in May, and is now opened. Also, surface streets are well maintained by the county.
Hunter County is very diverse in terms of utilities. The utilities that you can receive are determined by your location.
- Parkview Area Gas Company (natural gas)
- Hunter Power (electric)
- Parkview/Wolfington Bell Service (phone)
- Wolfington Electric Company (electric)
- Redwood EMC (electric)
- Lakeside EMC (electric)
- GasEast Company (natural gas)
- Walter Gas (natural gas)
The cable companies in the county are: TTCable (operated by Prower-Hedgehog Inc) and Chaos Cable (operated by ChaosProducts, Inc.). Satellite cable companies exist in the county as well.
Local police services are provided by local police departments. Parkview has its own fire department, independent from the county.
- Hunter County Police Department
- Hunter County Fire & Rescue
- Parkview/Hunter County Animal Control
- Hunter County Board of Corrections & Imprisonment
- Hunter County Sanitation
- Hunter County Emergency Operations Center
- Hunter County SmartWay DOT
- Hunter County Recreation
Hunter County is part of the Parkview-Mobibu-Wolfington-Angel Island-Surryville television market (commonly referred to as the Emerald Coast/Lowcountry TV Market), which provides television services to the entire county. Television stations that serve Parkview include:
- PBCP-DT (Channel 11.1)
- PBC NewsNet Simulcast (PBCP Channel 11.2)
- PBC NonStop (PBCP Channel 11.3)
- SCTP-DT (SCTV - Channel 5.1)
- EPKG-TV (Government Channel - Channel 3.1)
- MMTP-DT (MobiMedia - Channel 12.1)
- MOTP-DT (MOTV - Channel 42.1)
In addition, there are also many radio stations in the county.
Public schools within all of Hunter County are provided by the Parkview-Hunter County Unified School District. Wolfington had its own school district, but it was dissolved in 2002.
- Canbrook Private School
- Wolfington School of Business
- School of Fundementals
- St. Moore Catholic School
- The Big Creek Academy
- Hillfork Private School
- Parkview Montessori Academy
- Wolfington Barron's University
- Prower State University - Parkview
- University of Parkview
The Hunter County Public Library operates 13 branches across the county, with more coming soon.
- Central Library
- Rising Tide Library
- John R. Murrow Memorial Library
- Redwood Park Library
Stevens Chapel Library
- Oak Park Library
- Maplewood Library
- Chaos Point Library
- County Line Memorial Library
Airport Area Library
Wolfington Library Bellevue/Central Hunter Library
- Rivercrest Library
- South Coast Library
Big Creek Library Northeast Hunter/Starr Park Library
- Linden Library
- Avis Park Library
- Maple Hills Library