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Encyclopedia > Charleston, West Virginia
City of Charleston, West Virginia
Official seal of City of Charleston, West Virginia
Seal
Nickname: ""Home of Hospitality", " The most northern city of the South and the most southern city of the North", "Chemicalville", "The Capitol City" "C-Town""
Location of Charleston in West Virginia.
Location of Charleston in West Virginia.
Coordinates: 38°20′50″N, 81°37′60″W
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Kanawha
Government
 - Mayor Danny Jones
Area
 - City  32.7 sq mi (84.7 km²)
 - Land  31.6 sq mi (81.9 km²)
 - Water  1.1 sq mi (2.8 km²)
Population (2005 Estimate)
 - City 51,176
 - Density 1,690.5/sq mi (652.7/km²)
 - Metro 307,763
  Metro 2004 Estimate
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Website: http://www.cityofcharleston.org

Charleston is the capital of the U.S. state of West Virginia. It is located at the confluence of the Elk and Kanawha Rivers in Kanawha County. As of the 2000 census, it has a population of 53,421. However, the 2005 Census Estimate has Charleston with a population of 51,176, and a metro area of 307,763. Currently, Charleston is the largest city in the state. It is the county seat of Kanawha County. Image File history File links Charleston_WV_skyline. ... Seal of Charleston, West Virginia This image depicts a seal, an emblem, a coat of arms or a crest. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... Adapted from Wikipedias WV county maps by Seth Ilys. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Area  Ranked 41st  - Total 24,244 sq mi (62,809 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 240 miles (385 km)  - % water 0. ... 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This is a list of counties in West Virginia: West Virginia county boundaries Barbour County Berkeley County Boone County Braxton County Brooke County Cabell County Calhoun County Clay County Doddridge County Fayette County Gilmer County Grant County Greenbrier County Hampshire County Hancock County Hardy County Harrison County Jackson County Jefferson... Kanawha County is a county located in the state of West Virginia. ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger, greater) is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. ... Daniel Alan David Jones, commonly known as Danny Jones (born March 12, 1986 in Bolton, Greater Manchester, England) is one of the lead vocalists and guitarists in the British pop band McFly, along with fellow band members Tom Fletcher, Dougie Poynter and Harry Judd. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... 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The Elk River is a tributary of the Kanawha River in central West Virginia. ... Map of the Kanawha River watershed, showing its main tributary, the New River. ... Kanawha County is a county located in the state of West Virginia. ... The Charleston WV metroploitan area or the Charleston Metropolitan Statistical Area is the largest metro area in the state of West Virginia. ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ...


Early industry important to Charleston included salt and the first natural gas well.[1] Later, coal became central to economic prosperity in the city and the surrounding area. A magnified crystal of a salt (halite/sodium chloride) Salt covering the floor of Bad Water in Death Valley, CA, the lowest point in the US. A salt, in chemistry, is any ionic compound composed of cations (positively charged ions) and anions (negative ions) so that the product is neutral... Coal Coal (IPA: ) is a fossil fuel formed in swamp ecosystems where plant remains were saved by water and mud from oxidization and biodegradation. ...


The first permanent settlement, Ft. Lee, was built in 1788. In 1791, Daniel Boone was a member of the Kanawha County Assembly. This 1820 oil painting by Chester Harding is the only portrait of Daniel Boone made from life. ...


Charleston is the home of the West Virginia Power (formerly the Charleston Alley Cats) minor league baseball team, the West Virginia Wild minor league basketball team, and the annual 15-mile Charleston Distance Run. Yeager Airport and the University of Charleston are also located in the city. The West Virginia Power are a minor league baseball team from Charleston, West Virginia, that plays in the Class A South Atlantic League as an affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers (as of the 2006 season). ... A Class A California League game in San Jose, California (1994) Minor baseball leagues are North American professional baseball leagues that compete at a level below that of Major League Baseball. ... The West Virginia Wild are an International Basketball League (2005-) team based in Charleston, West Virginia. ... The Charleston Distance Run is a 15 mile road race held annually in Charleston, West Virginia. ... Yeager Airport (IATA: CRW, ICAO: KCRW) is a commercial airport located northeast of Charleston, West Virginia. ... The University of Charleston is a private college in Charleston, West Virginia of approximately 1,000 students. ...


It is also home to the 130th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard A WV Air National Guard C-130H of the 167th Airlift Wing The West Virginia Air National Guard is comprised of two Airlift units, the 130th Airlift Wing based in Charleston, WV, and the 167th Airlift Wing based in Martinsburg, WV. The 167th Airlift Wing was created on May 24...


The city also holds public parks, such as Cato Park and Coonskin Park. It also is home to Kanawha State Forest, a large public state park that sustains a pool, camping sites, several biking/walking trails, picknick areas, as well as several shelters provided for recreational use.

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History

The West Virginia State Capitol.
The West Virginia State Capitol.
Zero Milestone.
Zero Milestone.
Charleston Town Center.
Charleston Town Center.
Capitol Street in downtown Charleston.
Capitol Street in downtown Charleston.

Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1536x2048, 1028 KB) State Capital of West Virginia, photographed in July, 2006. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1536x2048, 1028 KB) State Capital of West Virginia, photographed in July, 2006. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1536 × 2048 pixel, file size: 779 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Zero Milestone adjacent to West Virginia State Capitol in Charleston, WV. Self Made Photo. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1536 × 2048 pixel, file size: 779 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Zero Milestone adjacent to West Virginia State Capitol in Charleston, WV. Self Made Photo. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1536x2048, 822 KB) Charleston Town Center Mall, photographed July, 2006. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1536x2048, 822 KB) Charleston Town Center Mall, photographed July, 2006. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (2048 × 1536 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (2048 × 1536 pixel, file size: 1. ...

Beginnings

After the American Revolutionary War, pioneers began making their way out from the early settlements. Many slowly migrated into the western part of Virginia. Capitalizing on its many resources made Charleston an important part of Virginia and West Virginia history. Today, Charleston is the largest city in the state and the state capital. Combatants American Revolutionaries French Monarchy Dutch Republic Spanish Empire Oneida and Tuscarora tribes Polish volunteers Prussian volunteers Kingdom of Great Britain Hessian mercenaries Iroquois Confederacy Loyalists Commanders George Washington Nathanael Greene Gilbert du Motier Comte de Rochambeau Bernardo de Gálvez Tadeusz KoÅ›ciuszko Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben Sir William... Official language(s) English Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Area  Ranked 35th  - Total 42,793 sq mi (110,862 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 430 miles (690 km)  - % water 7. ...


Charleston's history is rich and vibrant, going back more than 200 years. The Bullitt family was deeded 1,250 acres of land near the mouth of the Elk River in 1774. The land was later sold to Col. George Clendenin in 1786. The first permanent settlement, Fort Lee, was built in 1788 by Col. Clendenin and his company of Virginia Rangers. This structure occupied the area that is now the intersection of Brooks Street and Kanawha Boulevard. Historical conjecture indicates that Charleston is named after Col. Clendenin's father, Charles. Charles Town was later shortened to Charleston to avoid confusion with another Charles Town in present day West Virginia.


Six years later, the Virginia General Assembly officially established Charleston. On the 40 acres that made up the town in 1794, 35 people inhabited seven houses. The Virginia General Assembly is the state legislature of the Commonwealth of Virginia, a U.S. state. ...


Charleston is part of Kanawha County. The origin of the word Kanawha (pronounced "KA-NAW-A") comes from a West Indian Arawak word for dugout. In fact, a two-story jail was the first county structure ever built, with the first floor literally dug into the bank of the Kanawha River. Kanawha County is a county located in the state of West Virginia. ... Map of the Kanawha River watershed, showing its main tributary, the New River. ...


Daniel Boone, who was commissioned a lieutenant colonel of the Kanawha County militia, was elected to serve in 1791 in the Virginia House of Delegates. As told in historical accounts, Boone walked all the way to Richmond. This 1820 oil painting by Chester Harding is the only portrait of Daniel Boone made from life. ... Nickname: The River City Motto: Sic Itur Ad Astra (Thus do we reach the stars) Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia Coordinates: Country United States State Virginia County Independent City Mayor L. Douglas Wilder (D) Area    - City 62. ...


Industrial growth

By the early 1800s, salt brines were discovered along the Kanawha River and the first salt well was drilled in 1806. This created a prosperous time and great economic growth for the area. By 1808, 1,250 pounds of salt were being produced a day. An area adjacent to Charleston, Kanawha Salines, now Malden, would become the top salt producer in the world. In 1818, Kanawha Salt Company, first trust in United States, went into operation.


Captain James Wilson, while drilling for salt, struck the first natural gas well in 1815. It was drilled at the site that is now the junction of Brooks Street and Kanawha Boulevard (near the present-day state capitol complex.) In 1817, coal was first discovered and gradually became used as the fuel for the salt works. The Kanawha salt industry declined in importance after 1861, the advent of World War I brought a demand for chemical products. The chemicals needed were chlorine and caustic acid, which could be made from salt brine.


Political growth

The town continued to grow until the Civil War began in 1861. The state of Virginia seceded from the Union, and Charleston was divided between Union and Confederate loyalty. On September 13, 1862, the Battle of Charleston was fought. Although the Confederate Army was victorious, occupation of the city was short-lived. Union troops returned just six weeks later and stayed through the end of the war. This article is becoming very long. ... In this map:  Union states prohibiting slavery  Union territories  Border states on the Union side which allowed slavery  Kansas, which entered and fought with the Union as a free state after the Bleeding Kansas crisis  The Confederacy  Confederate claimed and sometimes held territories During the American Civil War, the Union... Motto: Deo Vindice (Latin: Under God, Our Vindicator) Anthem: God Save the South (unofficial) Dixie (traditional) The Bonnie Blue Flag (popular) Capital Montgomery, Alabama (until May 29, 1861) Richmond, Virginia (May 29, 1861–April 2, 1865) Danville, Virginia (from April 3, 1865) Language(s) English (de facto) Government Republic President... The Battle of Charleston was an engagement on September 13, 1862, near Charleston, Virginia (now West Virginia) during the American Civil War. ...


The Northern hold on Charleston and most of the western part of Virginia created an even larger problem. Virginia already had seceded from the Union, but the western part was under Union control. The issue of statehood was raised. So amid the tumultuous Civil War, West Virginia officially became a state through Presidential Proclamation. Abraham Lincoln declared the northwestern portion of Virginia to be returned to the Union, and on June 20, 1863, West Virginia became the 35th state. Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809—April 15, 1865) was the 16th President of the United States (March 4, 1861 – April 15, 1865). ...


While it is often said that West Virginia separated from Virginia because of differing views on slavery, the real driving factor was economics. The heavy industries in the North, particularly the steel business of the upper Ohio River region, were dependent on the coal available from western Virginia mines. Federalized military units were dispatched from Ohio to western Virginia early in the war to secure access to the coal mines and transportation resources.


Although the state now existed, settling on a state capital location proved to be difficult. For several years, the capital of West Virginia intermittently traveled between Wheeling and Charleston. In 1877, however, state citizens voted on the final location of their capital. Charleston was chosen and eight years later, the first capitol building was opened. Nickname: The Friendly City Location in Ohio County in the State of West Virginia Coordinates: Settled 1769 Established 1806 Incorporated 1836  - Mayor Nick Sparachane  - City Manager Robert Herron  - Chief of Police Kevin Gessler, Sr. ...


After a fire in 1921, a hastily built structure was opened but burned down in 1927. However, a Capitol Building Commission, created by the Legislature in 1921, authorized construction of the present capitol. Architect Cass Gilbert designed the buff Indiana limestone structure, in the Italian Renaissance style, that was to have a final cost of just under $10 million. After the three stages of construction were completed, Governor William G. Conley dedicated the capitol on June 20, 1932.


Development in the 1900s

Charleston was now the center for state government. Natural resources, such as coal and gas, along with railroad expansion also contributed to growth. New industries, such as chemical, glass, timber and steel migrated to the state, attracted by the area's natural resources. There was a huge amount of new construction in Charleston. A number of those buildings, including churches and office buildings, still stand in the heart of downtown along and bordering Capitol Street.


During World War II, the first and largest synthetic rubber plant in the U.S. opened near Charleston, providing vital products to the war effort. After the war ended, Charleston was on the brink of some significant construction. One of the first during this period was Kanawha Airport (now Yeager Airport, named after General Charles Yeager), which was perhaps one of the most phenomenal engineering accomplishments of its time. Built in 1947, the construction encompassed clearing 360 acres on three mountaintops moving more than nine million cubic yards of earth. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Yeager Airport (IATA: CRW, ICAO: KCRW) is a commercial airport located northeast of Charleston, West Virginia. ... Charles Yeager Charles Elwood Chuck Yeager (born on February 13, 1923, in Lincoln County, West Virginia) is an American former general officer in the United States Air Force and a noted test pilot. ...


In 1959, the Charleston Civic Center opened its door. It stands today, totally renovated and providing the largest meeting and exhibit space available in the Charleston area. The Charleston Civic Center is a 12,300-seat multi-purpose arena in Charleston, West Virginia. ...


In 1956, President Eisenhower signed the Federal Aid Highway Act. Charleston became part of that system in the 1960s when three major interstate systems—I-64, I-77 and I-79 were constructed, all converging in the heart of Charleston. These roads provide convenient access to Midwestern, Northeastern and Southern cities. Charleston is within a day's drive of 60 percent of the U.S. population. Dwight David Ike Eisenhower (October 14, 1890–March 28, 1969), American soldier and politician, was the 34th President of the United States (1953–1961) and supreme commander of the Allied forces in Europe during World War II, with the rank of General of the Army. ... The Federal Aid Highway Act of 1973 (PL 93-87) was the renewal of the highway bill for the next five years, authorizing $18. ... Interstate 64 is an interstate highway in the eastern United States. ... Interstate 77 is an interstate highway in the eastern United States. ... Interstate 79 is an interstate highway in the eastern United States. ...


Modern development

In 1983, the Charleston Town Center Mall opened its doors. It was the largest urban mall east of the Mississippi River, boasting three stories of shops and eateries. Downtown revitalization began in earnest in the 1980s as well. Funds were set aside for streetscaping and many small businesses began to open. Today, Capitol Street, Hale Street, and other bordering streets are an eclectic mixture of restaurants, shops, businesses and services that many call the centerpiece of downtown. The Mississippi River, derived from the old Ojibwe word misi-ziibi meaning great river (gichi-ziibi big river at its headwaters), is the second-longest named river in North America, with a length of 2320 miles (3733 km) from Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico. ...


The new Robert C. Byrd Federal Building, Haddad Riverfront Park and Capitol Market are just a few new developments that have helped growth in the downtown area during the 1990s. Charleston also became known as one of the premiere healthcare spots in the state. Along with ambitious thinking, plans for even new entertainment and business venues kept Charleston moving along at a steady pace.


2003 marked the opening of the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences. The center includes The Maier Foundation Performance Hall, The Walker Theatre, The Avampato Discovery Museum and an art museum. Also on site is the The ElectricSky™ Theater, which is a 175 seat combination planetarium and dome-screen cinema. Movies shown at the theatre include educational large format (70 mm) presentations, and are often seen in similar Omnimax theatres. Planetarium shows are staged as a combination of pre-recorded and live presentations. The Clay Center The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences - West Virginia in Charleston, West Virginia, USA is a 240,000 square foot facility dedicated to promoting arts, visual arts, and the sciences. ... IMAX (for Image Maximum) is a film projection system which has the capacity to display images of far greater size and resolution than conventional film display systems. ...


Many festivals and events were also incorporated into the calendar, including Multifest, Vandalia Festival, a 4th of July celebration with fireworks at Haddad Riverfront Park, and the already popular Sternwheel Regatta, which was founded in 1970, provided a festive atmosphere for residents to enjoy.


Charleston West Virginia has one central agency for its economic development efforts, the Charleston Area Alliance. The Alliance is continuing to work with local leaders and the business community to build the economy of the area and revitalize its downtown. There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ...


Geography and Climate

Map of Charleston and vicinity.
Map of Charleston and vicinity.

Charleston is located at 38°20′58″N, 81°37′60″W (38.349497, -81.633294)GR1. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 84.7 km² (32.7 mi²). 81.8 km² (31.6 mi²) of it is land and 2.8 km² (1.1 mi²) of it (3.36%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


The city lies at the intersection of Interstates 79, 77, 64, and also where the Kanawha and Elk Rivers meet. Charleston is about 162 miles southeast of Columbus, Ohio, 315 miles west of Richmond, Virginia, 228 miles southwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 247 miles east of Louisville, Kentucky, 264 miles north of Charlotte, North Carolina, 252 miles south of Cleveland, Ohio, and 210 miles southeast of Cincinnati, Ohio. Nickname: The Arch City The Discovery City Location in the state of Ohio, USA Coordinates: Country United States State Ohio Counties Franklin, Delaware, and Fairfield  - Mayor Michael B. Coleman (D) Area    - City  212. ... Nickname: The River City Motto: Sic Itur Ad Astra (Thus do we reach the stars) Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia Coordinates: Country United States State Virginia County Independent City Mayor L. Douglas Wilder (D) Area    - City 62. ... Nickname: Steel City, Iron City, City of Champions, City of Bridges, City of Colleges, P-Burgh, The Burgh Motto: Benigno Numine Location in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Allegheny County Founded 1758 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl (D) Area    - City 151. ... “Louisville” redirects here. ... Nickname: The Queen City, Hornets Nest Location in Mecklenburg County in the state of North Carolina Coordinates: Country United States State North Carolina Counties Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Government  - Mayor Pat McCrory, (R) Area  - City  280. ... Cleveland redirects here. ... Nickname: The Queen City Location in Hamilton County, Ohio, USA Coordinates: Country United States State Ohio County Hamilton Founded 1788 Incorporated 1802 (village) - 1819 (city) Government type Strong mayor  - Mayor Mark L. Mallory (D) Area    - City  79. ...


Suburbs

The following cities are suburbs of Charleston.

Alum Creek is a census-designated place located in Lincoln County, West Virginia. ... Coal Fork is an unincorporated census_designated place located in Kanawha County, West Virginia. ... Cross Lanes is an unincorporated census-designated place suburb of Charleston, WV located in Kanawha County, West Virginia. ... Dunbar is a city located in Kanawha County, West Virginia. ... Hurricane (pronounced her-i-kin) is a city located in Putnam County, West Virginia, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 5,222. ... Institute is an unincorporated community on the Kanawha River in Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA. The community lies off of Interstate 64 and West Virginia State Route 25. ... Sissonville is an unincorporated census-designated place located in Kanawha County, West Virginia. ... Chesapeake is a town located in Kanawha County, West Virginia. ... Sissonville is an unincorporated census-designated place located in Kanawha County, West Virginia. ... Nitro is a city located in West Virginia. ... Poca is a town located in Putnam County, West Virginia. ... St. ... South Charleston is a city in Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA. The population was 13,390 at the 2000 census. ... Teays Valley is an unincorporated census-designated place located in Putnam County, West Virginia. ... Winfield is a town located in Putnam County, West Virginia. ... Elkview is a census-designated place located in Kanawha County, West Virginia. ... Marmet is a city located in Kanawha County, West Virginia. ... Pinch is an unincorporated census-designated place located in Kanawha County, West Virginia. ...

Annual Climate

Charleston has a yearly climate with four distinct seasons. It falls on the line between a humid continental climate and a humid subtropical climate, which is primarily based on differences in elevation. Charleston's average tempearatures are usually warmer than the rest of West Virginia (except Huntington), due to the city being west of the higher elevations. Spring starts in early April with cool nights and very warm days. Temperatures warm up considerably in late May, with warm summer-like days. Summertime temperatures can be very hot, with daytime highs around 90 degrees, along with high humidity. Autumn days are usually warm until late October, however nights will start to get cooler. Winters usually differ from other winters in West Virginia. Along with Huntington, the city is usually the last place in the state to receive any amount of snowfall. Winters tend to be mild in Charleston, with average high temperatures in the 40's throughout the winter months, but an occasional cold snap can see temperatues plummet to below 10 degrees at night. Snowfall can occur from anytime in late November or early December to mid March, with the most amounts during January. It is very rare for a major snowstorm to hit the area, and it is also rare to have a foot or more of snow at a time in Charleston. Charleston does experience a considerable amount of rain which is spread out over the course of the entire year. Thunderstorms can be quite frequent during the summer months, and occasionally they can be quite violent. Much of the winter precipitation is in the form of gentle drizzling rains. The dryest period tends to be late during the autumn months. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Humid subtropical climates are characterized by hot, humid summers and cool to mild winters. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Area  Ranked 41st  - Total 24,244 sq mi (62,809 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 240 miles (385 km)  - % water 0. ... Spring is one of the four seasons of temperate zones, the transition from winter into summer. ... Summer is a season that is astronomically defined as beginning around June 21, and ending around September 23 in the Northern Hemisphere. ... Autumn (also known as fall in North American English) is one of the four temperate seasons, the transition from summer into winter. ... Winter is one of the four seasons of temperate zones. ... Huntington is a city located in the U.S. State of West Virginia along the Ohio River. ...

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Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Avg high (°F) 43 46 56 67 76 83 86 85 78 68 56 46 66
Avg low (°F) 25 27 34 43 52 60 65 63 56 45 36 38 45
Rainfall (in) 3.4 3.2 3.9 3.3 3.9 3.6 4.9 4.0 3.2 2.6 3.3 3.3 42.9
Snowfall (in) 10.1 8.7 5.1 0.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 2.2 5.1 32.3

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 1,050
1860 1,520 44.8%
1870 3,162 108.0%
1880 4,192 32.6%
1890 6,742 60.8%
1900 11,099 64.6%
1910 22,996 107.2%
1920 39,608 72.2%
1930 60,408 52.5%
1940 67,914 12.4%
1950 73,501 8.2%
1960 85,796 16.7%
1970 71,505 -16.7%
1980 63,968 -10.5%
1990 57,287 -10.4%
2000 53,421 -6.7%

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 53,421 people, 24,505 households, and 13,624 families residing in the city. The population density was 652.7/km² (1,690.4/mi²). There were 27,131 housing units at an average density of 331.5/km² (858.5/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 80.63% White, 15.07% Black or African American, 0.24% Native American, 1.83% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, and 1.91% from two or more races. 0.81% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. The Seventh Census of the United States, conducted by the Bureau of the Census, determined the resident population of the United States to be 23,191,876 — an increase of 35. ... The United States Census of 1860 was the eighth Census conducted in the United States. ... The Ninth United States Census was taken in 1870. ... 1880 US Census The United States Census of 1880 was the tenth United States Census. ... The Eleventh United States Census was taken June 1, 1890. ... 1900 US Census The Twelfth United States Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States to be 76,212,168, an increase of 21. ... The Thirteenth United States Census was taken in 1910. ... The Fourteenth United States Census was taken in 1920. ... The Fifteenth United States Census was taken in 1930. ... The Sixteenth United States Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States to be 132,164,569, an increase of 7. ... The Seventeenth United States Census was taken in 1950. ... The Eighteenth United States Census was taken in 1960. ... The Nineteenth United States Census was taken in 1970. ... The Twetieth United States Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States to be 226,542,199, an increase of 11. ... The Twenty-first United States Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States to be 248,709,873, an increase of 9. ... 2000 US Census logo The Twenty-Second United States Census, known as Census 2000 and conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... Race, as defined by the United States Census Bureau and the Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is a self-identification data item in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... Race, as defined by the United States Census Bureau and the Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is a self-identification data item in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify. ... The Hispanic world Hispanic (Spanish: Hispano) is a term denoting a derivation from Spain, its people and culture. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 24,505 households out of which 23.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.9% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.4% were non-families. 38.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.11 and the average family size was 2.82. “Matrimony” redirects here. ...


The age distribution is 20.7% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 87.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.7 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $34,009, and the median income for a family was $47,975. Males had a median income of $38,257 versus $26,671 for females. The per capita income for the city was $26,017. About 12.7% of families and 16.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.5% of those under age 18 and 11.3% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Education

Public schools

The city of Charleston is host to numerous elementary, middle, junior high and high schools as a part of the Kanawha Country school system. The three high schools include Capital High School, located near Yeager Airport and Coonskin Park, George Washington High School, a public school located in the South Hills neighborhood and Charleston Catholic High School, a Catholic school at the eastern edge of the city's downtown. Yeager Airport (IATA: CRW, ICAO: KCRW) is a commercial airport located northeast of Charleston, West Virginia. ... George Washington Senior High School is a public school in Charleston, WV serving the upscale South Hills neighborhood of the city. ... Charleston Catholic High School (CCHS) is located in downtown Charleston, West Virginia. ...


Colleges and universities

Charleston hosts a branch campus of West Virginia University which serves as a clinical campus for the university's medical and dental schools. Students at either school must complete their class work at the main campus in Morgantown but can complete their clinical rotations at either Morgantown or Charleston. WVU Mountaineer Mascot statue in front of the Mountainlair Student Union. ... Morgantown is a city in Monongalia County,GR6 West Virginia, on the banks of the Monongahela River. ...


The city is also home to a 1,000 student private college, the University of Charleston. This once-struggling college is located along MacCorkle Avenue along the banks of the Kanawha River. The University of Charleston is a private college in Charleston, West Virginia of approximately 1,000 students. ... Map of the Kanawha River watershed, showing its main tributary, the New River. ...


Located within the immediate area are West Virginia State University in Institute and the Marshall University Graduate College, a postgraduate-only branch of Marshall University in South Charleston. The region is also home to the Charleston Branch of the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing, an independent program administered by Marshall University; it provides access to computer numerical control (CNC) equipment for businesses in two states. West Virginia State University is a small public college in Institute, West Virginia, an unincorporated suburb of Charleston, West Virginia. ... Institute is an unincorporated community on the Kanawha River in Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA. The community lies off of Interstate 64 and West Virginia State Route 25. ... Marshall University Graduate College is a graduate school located in southern West Virginia. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... South Charleston is a city in Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA. The population was 13,390 at the 2000 census. ... Robert C. Byrd Institute The Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) is an independent program administered by Marshall University. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Located approximately 30 miles from Charleston, West Virginia University Institute of Technology has its campus. West Virginia University Institute of Technology is the largest regional campus of the university which focuses mainly on engineering programs. West Virginia University Institute of Technology is a four-year college located in Montgomery, West Virginia. ...


Economy

Companies headquartered in the Charleston area

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Cityscape

Culture

Annual events and fairs

Charleston is home to numerous annual events and fairs that take place throughout the city, from the banks of the Kanawha River to the capitol grounds. Map of the Kanawha River watershed, showing its main tributary, the New River. ...


The West Virginia Dance Festival, held between April 25 and 30, features dance students from across the state that attend classes and workshops in ballet, jazz and modern dance. At the finale, the students perform in the West Virginia State Theatre; these are free to the public. Between April 27 and 30 is the West Virginia International Film Festival, where many domestic and international films are shown that range from "full-length feature films, shorts, documentaries, animation and student films." For other uses, see Dance (disambiguation). ... Painting of ballet dancers by Edgar Degas, 1872. ... Jazz is a style of music which originated in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States at around the start of the 20th century. ...


On May 6, the Kanawha Kordsmen Barbershop Chorus performs at the Clay Center for the Arts. The 40-man cappela chorus performs music in a show titled "Songs America Sings." On Memorial Day weekend, the Vandalia Gathering is held on the grounds of the state capitol. Thousands of visitors each year enjoy traditional music, art, dance, stories, crafts and food that stems from the "uniqueness of West Virginia's mountain culture." There is no fee for admission. Relatives and others traditionally place flags near veterans headstones on Memorial Day Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday that is observed on the last Monday of May (most recently observed May 29, 2006). ...


Historical structures and museums

The Clay Center The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences - West Virginia in Charleston, West Virginia, USA is a 240,000 square foot facility dedicated to promoting arts, visual arts, and the sciences. ... The Clay Center The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences - West Virginia in Charleston, West Virginia, USA is a 240,000 square foot facility dedicated to promoting arts, visual arts, and the sciences. ... South Charleston is a city in Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA. The population was 13,390 at the 2000 census. ...

Parks and outdoor attractions

  • Laidley Field - (Used for football, soccer and track.)
  • Appalachian Power Park - (Stadium of the West Virginia Power)
  • Cato Park - (Charleston's largest municipal park, including a golf course, Olympic-size swimming pool and picnic areas.)
  • Coonskin Park - (Includes swimming pool, boathouse, clubhouse with dining facilities, tennis courts, putt putt golf, an 18 hole par 3 golf course and fishing lake. Schoenbaum Soccer Field and Amphitheatre inside the park is the home of the West Virginia Chaos soccer team.)
  • Daniel Boone Park - (A four acre park with a boat ramp, fishing and picnic facilities.)
  • Kanawha State Forest - (A 9,300-acre forest, including 46 campsites.)
  • Little Creek Park - (Used for basketball, tennis courts and soapbox derbies.)
  • Magic Island - (An island located inside the Kanawha River, near Kanawha Boulevard.)
  • Davis Park
  • Haddad Riverfront Park
  • Ruffner Parkã

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Sports

Logo Club Sport Founded League Venue
WV Power Logo West Virginia Power Baseball 1987 South Atlantic League Appalachian Power Park
WV Wild Logo West Virginia Wild Basketball 2006 International Basketball League South Charleston Community Center
WV Chaos Logo West Virginia Chaos Soccer 2003 USL Premier Development League Schoenbaum Field

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Shopping

Currently there are 2 shopping malls in the city of Charleston. The largest mall in the city is the Charleston Town Center Mall. Opening in 1983, the Town Center Mall is a 3 story shopping and dining facility, with 130 specialty stores. Macy's, Sears and J.C. Penney are the mall's current anchor stores. There are also 6 major restaurants located on street level and 12 fast food restaurants representing the food court, located on the third floor of the mall. Macys is a chain of American department stores with its flagship store in Herald Square, New York City, which has been billed as the worlds largest store since completion of the Seventh Avenue addition in 1924. ... Sears Holdings Corporation NASDAQ: SHLD is the third largest retailer in the United States, behind Wal-Mart and The Home Depot. ... This article is about the department store chain. ...


The other mall in the city is the Kanawha Mall located in the Kanawha City neighborhood of Charleston. This mall is much smaller in size compared to the Town Center Mall, with Elder-Beerman and Gabriel Brothers as anchor stores. Elder-Beerman is a U.S. chain of department stores founded in 1883 and owned by The Bon-Ton. ... Gabriel Brothers, commonly called Gabes, is a regional chain of closeout retail stores selling brand-name merchandise at significant discounts from typical department stores. ...


There are 3 major shopping plazas located in the Southridge area, divided between Charleston and South Charleston — Southridge Centre, Dudley Farms Plaza and The Shops at Trace Fork. South Charleston is a city in Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA. The population was 13,390 at the 2000 census. ...


Major Stores:


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The Shops at Trace Fork include Marshall's, PetsMart, Dick's Sporting Goods, Circuit City, Target, Lowe's and Pier 1 Imports. TJX Companies (NYSE: TJX) is the Framingham, Massachusetts-based corporate parent of several discount retail chains. ... PetSmart, Inc. ... Dicks Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS) is the largest full-line sporting goods retailer in the world. ... Circuit City (NYSE: CC) is a Fortune 200 company, and the third largest consumer electronics retailer in the United States with over $11 billion USD in sales[1], behind Best Buy and Wal-Mart. ... TARGET (Trans-European Automated Real-time Gross Settlement Express Transfer System) is an interbank payment system for the real-time processing of cross-border transfers throughout the European Union. ... “Lowes” redirects here. ... Pier 1 Imports, Inc. ...


People from Charleston

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Media

Print

Charleston is home to two major newspapers. The Charleston Gazette is the largest circulation newspaper in West Virginia, published Monday through Friday in the morning. The Charleston Daily Mail is the city's weekday afternoon newspaper, published Monday through Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, the Charleston Gazette and the Daily Mail combine to produce a newspaper titled the Charleston Gazette-Mail. The Charleston Gazette is the largest circulation newspaper in West Virginia. ... The Charleston Daily Mail is an afternoon newspaper in Charleston, West Virginia. ...


Radio

Charleston has a total of 11 radio stations (AM and FM) licensed in the city. Most of the stations are either owned by West Virginia Radio Corporation or Bristol Broadcasting Company. West Virginia Radio Corporation is a media corporation in West Virginia. ...

Call sign Frequency Format Description / Notes
WVPN* 88.5 FM West Virginia Public Radio
WXAF* 90.9 FM Religious
WZJO 94.5 FM Alternative [2] Z Rock 94-5. West Virginia's only Alternative radio station.
WKWS* 96.1 FM Country [3] 96.1 The Wolf. The station plays mostly country music, but also has a mix of Southern Rock.
WQBE* 97.5 FM Country [4] 97.5 WQBE. The Charleston MSA's #1 rated radio station, according to Arbitron.
WRVZ 98.7 FM Rhythmic Top 40 [5] 98.7 The Beat. Despite the station's low ERP, it still competes well with Electric 102.7.
WVAF* 99.9 FM Adult Contemporary [6] V-100
WMXE 100.9 FM Classic Hits [7] 100.9 The Mix
WVSR* 102.7 FM Top 40 [8] Electric 102.7
WKLC 105.1 FM Rock [9] Rock 105
WAMX 106.3 FM Rock [10] X 106.3
WKAZ 107.3 FM 60's 70's Top 40 [11] Classic Top 40
WCHS* 580 AM News / Talk [12] 58 WCHS
WCAW* 680 AM Oldies The Oldies format was formerly on 107.3.
WVTS* 950 AM News / Talk [13] Sepertalk 950
WSWW* 1490 AM Sports ESPN 1490

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Television

The Charleston–Huntington TV market, is the second largest television market (in terms of area) east of the Mississippi River, serving counties in central West Virginia, eastern Kentucky, and southern Ohio. There are 4 VHF and 10 UHF television stations in the market, even though some of the stations broadcast from Ohio and Kentucky. Official language(s) English[1] Capital Frankfort Largest city Louisville Area  Ranked 37th  - Total 40,444 sq mi (104,749 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 1. ... Official language(s) None Capital Columbus Largest city Columbus Largest metro area Cleveland Area  Ranked 34th  - Total 44,825 sq mi (116,096 km²)  - Width 220 miles (355 km)  - Length 220 miles (355 km)  - % water 8. ... Very high frequency (VHF) is the radio frequency range from 30 MHz to 300 MHz. ... This article is about the radio frequency. ...

Call sign Channel Description
WSAZ 3 Huntington (NBC)
WCHS 8 St. Albans (ABC)
WVAH 11 Teays Valley (FOX)
WOWK 13 Huntington (CBS)
WOUB 20 Athens, Ohio (PBS)
WOCW-LP 21 Charleston (The CW)
WKPI 22 Pikeville, Kentucky (PBS / KET)
WKAS 25 Ashland, Kentucky (PBS / KET)
WLPX 29 Hurricane (i)
WQCW 30 Portsmouth, Ohio (The CW)
WPBY 33 Huntington (PBS)
WPBO 42 Portsmouth, Ohio (PBS)
WVCW-LP 45 Huntington (The CW)
WYMT 57 Hazard, Kentucky (CBS)
  • Channel 61
WTSF 61 Ashland, Kentucky (Daystar)

WSAZ-TV is a television station in Huntington, West Virginia. ... Huntington is a city located in the U.S. State of West Virginia along the Ohio River. ... NBC (an acronym for National Broadcasting Company) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... The Sinclair Broadcast Group (SBG) is the operator of the largest number of local television stations in the United States, with a total of 62 stations across the country in 39 small and medium markets. ... The Kanawha River in St. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... The Sinclair Broadcast Group (SBG) is the operator of the largest number of local television stations in the United States, with a total of 62 stations across the country in 39 small and medium markets. ... Teays Valley is an unincorporated census-designated place located in Putnam County, West Virginia. ... This article is about the animal. ... WOWK is a television station in Huntington, West Virginia. ... Huntington is a city located in the U.S. State of West Virginia along the Ohio River. ... CBS is one of the largest radio and television networks in the United States. ... WOUB is the callsign of an AM, an FM, and a television station affiliated with NPR and PBS originating in the telecommunications center at Ohio University. ... Location in the state of Ohio Coordinates: Country United States State Ohio County Athens Mayor Richard Abel (D) Area    - City 21. ... Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... WQCW is the CW affiliate for the Huntington/Charleston, West Virginia television market. ... The Crimson White, known colloquially as The CW, is the student-run newspaper of the University of Alabama. ... The Kentucky Educational Television network a. ... Downtown Pikeville, KY Pikeville is a city in Pike County, Kentucky, United States. ... Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... Ket has several meanings: The Ket people (Кеты) of Siberia, and their Ket language The Ket River (Кеть) in Siberia. ... The Kentucky Educational Television network, a. ... Motto: A proud past. ... Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... Ket has several meanings: The Ket people (Кеты) of Siberia, and their Ket language The Ket River (Кеть) in Siberia. ... WLPX is the i affiliate for the Huntington-Charleston area. ... Hurricane (pronounced her-i-kin) is a city located in Putnam County, West Virginia, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 5,222. ... i: Independent Television, or simply i, is a broadcast and cable television network first broadcast on August 31, 1998 under the name Pax. ... WQCW is the CW affiliate for the Huntington/Charleston, West Virginia television market. ... The Carl D. Perkins Bridge across the Ohio River at Portsmouth Portsmouth is a city in Scioto County, Ohio, United States, at the confluence of the Ohio, Scioto and Little Scioto Rivers. ... The Crimson White, known colloquially as The CW, is the student-run newspaper of the University of Alabama. ... WPBY is the flagship PBS television station in West Virginia. ... Huntington is a city located in the U.S. State of West Virginia along the Ohio River. ... Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... WPBO-TV is a PBS Television station in Portsmouth, Ohio. ... The Carl D. Perkins Bridge across the Ohio River at Portsmouth Portsmouth is a city in Scioto County, Ohio, United States, at the confluence of the Ohio, Scioto and Little Scioto Rivers. ... Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... WQCW is the CW affiliate for the Huntington/Charleston, West Virginia television market. ... Huntington is a city located in the U.S. State of West Virginia along the Ohio River. ... The Crimson White, known colloquially as The CW, is the student-run newspaper of the University of Alabama. ... WYMT channel 57 is the CBS affiliate in Hazard, Kentucky, USA. It signed on as WKYH-TV on October 20, 1969 as an NBC affiliate The call letters stand for Were Your Mountain Television. ... Hazard is a city located in Perry County, Kentucky. ... CBS is one of the largest radio and television networks in the United States. ... WTSF is a religious television station in the Huntington-Charleston, West Virginia market, which covers parts of that state, eastern Kentucky and southeastern Ohio. ... Motto: A proud past. ... The Daystar Television Network is a small terrestrial and cable television network in the United States. ...

Infrastructure

Tallest buildings

Downtown Charleston as viewed from the south bank of the Kanawha River in 2007.
Downtown Charleston as viewed from the south bank of the Kanawha River in 2007.

There are 21 high-rise buildings located in Charleston. The state capitol is the tallest structure. Source Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 315 pixel Image in higher resolution (2670 × 1051 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 315 pixel Image in higher resolution (2670 × 1051 pixel, file size: 1. ... Map of the Kanawha River watershed, showing its main tributary, the New River. ...

Tallest buildings
Name Stories Height
West Virginia State Capitol 3 292 ft. (89 m)
Kanawha Valley Building 20 238 ft. (73 m)
Huntington Square 17 207 ft. (63 m)
Union Building 14 189 ft. (58 m)
United Center 12 177 ft. (54 m)
Charleston Marriott Town Center 16 175 ft. (53 m)
405 Capitol Street Building 12 136 ft. (41 m)
KB&T Center 11 122 ft. (37 m)
Imperial Tower 19  ? ft. (? m)
Laidley Tower 18  ? ft. (? m)
BB&T Square 18  ? ft. (? m)
Bank One Center 18  ? ft. (? m)
AT&T Building 15  ? ft. (? m)
Carroll Terrace 13  ? ft. (? m)
Holiday Inn Charleston House 12  ? ft. (? m)
Columbia Gas Transmission Building 12  ? ft. (? m)
Boulevard Tower 12  ? ft. (? m)
Workers' Compensation Commission Building 12  ? ft. (? m)
City Center West 12  ? ft. (? m)
Jarrett Terrace 12  ? ft. (? m)
Security Building 11  ? ft. (? m)
The Elk River near its mouth in Charleston in 2001.
The Elk River near its mouth in Charleston in 2001.

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Airports

Yeager Airport is West Virginia's largest airport. It is located 1 mile north of Interstate 64 and Interstate 77, accessible via WV 114. Yeager Airport (IATA: CRW, ICAO: KCRW) is a commercial airport located northeast of Charleston, West Virginia. ... Interstate 64 (abbreviated I-64) is an Interstate Highway in the eastern United States. ... Interstate 77 (abbreviated I-77) is an interstate highway in the eastern United States. ... West Virginia Route 114 is a north-south state highway located in the Charleston, West Virginia area. ...


Rail

See also: Charleston, West Virginia (Amtrak station)

Amtrak, the national passenger rail service, provides service to Charleston. The Amtrak station is on the south side of the Kanawha River, at 350 MacCorkle Avenue, SE. Amtrak Train 51, the westbound Cardinal, is scheduled to depart Charleston at 8:10pm on Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday with service to Huntington, Ashland, South Portsmouth, Maysville, Cincinnati, Connersville, Indianapolis, Crawfordsville, Lafayette, Rensselaer, Dyer, and Chicago. Amtrak Train 50, the eastbound Cardinal, is scheduled to depart Charleston at 8:16am on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday with service to Montgomery, Thurmond, Prince, Hinton, Alderson, White Sulphur Springs, Clifton Forge, Staunton, Charlottesville, Culpeper, Manassas, Alexandria, and Washington, DC, before continuing on to New York City. Other information Code CHW Traffic Passengers (2006) 8,508 7% Charleston is an Amtrak station in Charleston, West Virginia, served by the Cardinal. ... Acela Express in West Windsor, NJ Amtrak Cascades service with tilting Talgo trainsets in Seattle, Washington Amtrak train in downtown Orlando, Florida For other uses, see Amtrak (disambiguation). ... The Cardinal is a passenger train route operated by Amtrak in the Midwestern and Northeastern United States. ... Nickname: The Queen City Location in Hamilton County, Ohio, USA Coordinates: Country United States State Ohio County Hamilton Founded 1788 Incorporated 1802 (village) - 1819 (city) Government type Strong mayor  - Mayor Mark L. Mallory (D) Area    - City  79. ... Location in the state of Indiana Coordinates: County Marion Founded 1821 Government  - Mayor Bart Peterson (D) Area  - City  372 sq mi (963. ... Union Station is a Chicago train station that opened in 1925, replacing an earlier 1881 station, and is now the only intercity rail terminal in Chicago. ... Hinton is a city in Summers County, West Virginia, United States. ... Alderson is a town in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, along the Greenbrier River. ... White Sulphur Springs is a city in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, United States. ... Nickname: C-Ville Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia Coordinates: Country United States State Virginia County Albemarle County Founded 1762  - Mayor David E. Brown Area    - City 26. ... Burnhams Union Station: the central block of the immense front façade of Union Station Union Station is the grand ceremonial train station designed to be the entrance to Washington, DC when it opened in 1907. ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the state of New York and the entire United States. ...


River

The Kanawha (New) River is the largest and most important river in West Virginia. Its basin comprises about one-third of West Virginia, part of southwestern Virginia, and a small part of North Carolina. The upper part of the river, above the mouth of the Gauley River, is called the New River; below this point it is called the Kanawha River. Map of the Kanawha River watershed, with the New River and its watershed highlighted. ... Southwest Virginia at its greatest geographical definition Southwest Virginia is a mountainous region of Virginia in the westernmost part of the commonwealth. ... Official language(s) English Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Area  Ranked 35th  - Total 42,793 sq mi (110,862 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 430 miles (690 km)  - % water 7. ... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (240 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (901 km)  - % water 9. ... The Gauley River is one of the most popular advanced whitewater runs in the Eastern United States and is the chief feature of the Gauley River National Recreation Area. ... The New River may refer to: The New River, a man-made watercourse in England The New River that flows into the Atlantic Ocean in southeastern North Carolina in the United States. ... Map of the Kanawha River watershed, showing its main tributary, the New River. ...


Interstate 64 crosses the Kanawha River four times as it passes through the Charleston metropolitan area. The Elk River flows into the Kanawha River in downtown Charleston. Elk River is the name of numerous rivers and places. ...


Roads

Charleston is serviced by Interstate 64, Interstate 77, and Interstate 79. The West Virginia Turnpike's northern terminus is at the southeastern end of the city. Two U.S. routes, US 60, and US 119, cut through the city center, while US 35 begins just to the west near St. Albans. US 21 formerly ran through Charleston. Interstate 64, with the U.S. Route 119 (Corridor G) Fort Hill interchange at bottom, followed by the downtown viaduct, and the Interstate 77 interchange at far northwest in Charleston, West Virginia. ... Interstate 64 (abbreviated I-64) is an Interstate Highway in the eastern United States. ... Interstate 77 (abbreviated I-77) is an interstate highway in the eastern United States. ... Interstate 79 (abbreviated I-79) is an interstate highway in the eastern United States. ... The West Virginia Turnpike is a toll road in the US state of West Virginia. ... U.S. Highway 60 is an east-west United States highway, running 2,670 miles (4,300 km) from Virginia to Arizona. ... U.S. Highway 119 is a spur of U.S. Highway 19. ... ... The Kanawha River in St. ... U.S. Highway 21 in the pre-Interstate era was a north-south highway connecting the area around Lake Erie and the coastal South. ...


WV 61, WV 62, and WV 114 are all state highways that are within Charleston. West Virginia Route 61 is a north-south state highway in central and southern West Virginia. ... West Virginia Route 62 is a north-south state highway in western West Virginia. ... West Virginia Route 114 is a north-south state highway located in the Charleston, West Virginia area. ...


Utilities

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