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Keyser, West Virginia
Location of Keyser, West Virginia
Location of Keyser, West Virginia
Coordinates: 39°26′20″N 78°58′58″W / 39.43889, -78.98278
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Mineral
Area
 - Total 1.9 sq mi (4.9 km²)
 - Land 1.9 sq mi (4.9 km²)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km²)
Elevation 807 ft (246 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 5,303
 - Density 2,791.7/sq mi (1,077.9/km²)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 26726
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-43492GR2
GNIS feature ID 1541180GR3

Keyser is a city in and the county seat of Mineral CountyGR6, West Virginia, United States. It is part of the 'Cumberland, MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area'. The population was 5,303 at the 2000 census. Keyser is styled as the "Friendliest City in the U.S.A."[citation needed]. Adapted from Wikipedias WV county maps by Seth Ilys. ... This list of countries, arranged alphabetically, gives an overview of countries of the world. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      The political units and divisions of the United States include: The 50 states... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Largest metro area Charleston metro area Area  Ranked 41st  - Total 24,244 sq mi (62,809 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 240 miles (385 km)  - % water 0. ... 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... Mineral County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. ... This article is about the physical quantity. ... 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. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... Elevation histogram of the surface of the Earth – approximately 71% of the Earths surface is covered with water. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... 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. ... Population density per square kilometre by country, 2006 Population density map of the world in 1994. ... Timezone and TimeZone redirect here. ... Metronome, a public art installation showing the time in New York City The Eastern Time Zone (ET) of the Western Hemisphere falls mostly along the east coast of Northern America and the west coast of South America. ... -12 | -11 | -10 | -9:30 | -9 | -8 | -7 | -6 | -5 | -4 | -3:30 | -3 | -2:30 | -2 | -1 | -0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Although DST is common in Europe and North America, most of the worlds people do not use it. ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Mr. ... The map to the right is clickable; click on an area code to go to the page for that code. ... Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) are publicly announced standards developed by the U.S. Federal government for use by all (non-military) government agencies and by government contractors. ... GNIS (The Geographic Names Information System) contains name and locative information about almost two million physical and cultural features located throughout the United States of America and its Territories. ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... Mineral County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Largest metro area Charleston metro area Area  Ranked 41st  - Total 24,244 sq mi (62,809 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 240 miles (385 km)  - % water 0. ... Cumberland, MD-WV MAS, or Cumberland Metro for short, denotes the Metropolitan Statistical Area of Cumberland, Maryland and the surround economy of Allegany County, Maryland and Mineral County, West Virginia. ...

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History

A whistle stop train tour in Keyser, West Virginia, in 1948. From left to right: President Harry S. Truman at the microphone, Congressional candidate Harley Orrin Staggers, and vice presidential candidate Alben W. Barkley.
A whistle stop train tour in Keyser, West Virginia, in 1948. From left to right: President Harry S. Truman at the microphone, Congressional candidate Harley Orrin Staggers, and vice presidential candidate Alben W. Barkley.

Keyser was originally called Paddy Town after Patrick McCarty, son of one of the original settlers. With the coming of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in 1852, the destiny of the area changed from a quiet rural community to a thriving industrial center. The name was changed to New Creek Station and then to New Creek. In 1861 the Civil War came rumbling through the valley. Fort Fuller was built on the present site of Potomac State College, and Fort Piano entrenchments were established on New Creek Mountain. Image File history File links Staggers-truman1948. ... Image File history File links Staggers-truman1948. ... President Harry S. Truman at the mic, left Harley O. Staggers & Alben W. Barkley. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other persons named Harry Truman, see Harry Truman (disambiguation). ... President Harry S. Truman at the mic, left Harley O. Staggers & Alben W. Barkley. ... Alben William Barkley (November 24, 1877 – April 30, 1956) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives and the United States Senate from Kentucky, and the thirty-fifth Vice President of the United States. ... The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) was one of the oldest railroads in the United States, with an original line from the port of Baltimore, Maryland, west to the Ohio River at Wheeling and Parkersburg, West Virginia. ... New Creek lies in Mineral County, West Virginia and Grant County, West Virginia, it is the 3rd major tributary to the Potomac Rivers north branch. ... Potomac State College of West Virginia University is the states only residential junior college. ...


Because of the importance of the railroad, the town changed hands 14 times. At the time, West Virginia became a state in 1863 there was some contention between Piedmont and New Creek over the location of the county seat. As an inducement to have the county seat located in New Creek, the Davis brothers donated land for the courthouse in 1867 and is still in use. Official language(s) English Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Largest metro area Charleston metro area Area  Ranked 41st  - Total 24,244 sq mi (62,809 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 240 miles (385 km)  - % water 0. ... Piedmont is a town located in Mineral County, West Virginia. ...


In 1874, the town was incorporated as ‘Keyser’ to honor William Keyser, Vice President of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Supposedly, intended to gain favor with Mr. Keyser and the railroad to ensure that they would move all rail operations from Piedmont to Keyser. William Keyser was born in Baltimore, Maryland on November 23, 1835, the son of Samuel Stouffer Keyser and Elizabeth Wyman Keyser. ... The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) was one of the oldest railroads in the United States, with an original line from the port of Baltimore, Maryland, west to the Ohio River at Wheeling and Parkersburg, West Virginia. ...


Former Major League Baseball player and current sportscaster John Kruk grew up in Keyser. Current Baltimore Orioles pitching coach Leo Mazzone, who made his reputation in the same role with the Atlanta Braves, was born in Keyser, but never lived there. At the time Mazzone was born, Keyser had the nearest hospital to his parents' home in Westernport, Maryland, and he spent his entire childhood in Westernport. Eighties Hard Rock artists Kix ("The Itch", "Don't Close your Eyes", "Midnight Dynamite") are from Keyser. After changing their name from The Shooze and signing with Atlantic Records, the band went on to sell 2 million records before breaking up in 1995. Former G Gordon Liddy Producer and current San Francisco radio host Matty Staudt also hails from Keyser. Staudt began his radio career with local radio station WQZK. Major Leagues redirects here. ... John Martin Kruk (born February 9, 1961 in Charleston, West Virginia, raised in Keyser, West Virginia in Mineral County the states Potomac Highlands is an American former Major League Baseball player. ... This article is about the contemporary American major league baseball team. ... This article is about the player in baseball. ... In baseball, a number of coaches assist in the smooth functioning of a team. ... Leo Mazzone (born October 16, 1948 in Keyser, West Virginia) is a former pitcher in minor league baseball and a current coach in Major League Baseball. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) East Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 21, 35, 41, 42, 44 Name Atlanta Braves (1966–present) Milwaukee Braves (1953-1965) Boston Braves (1941-1952) Boston Bees (1936-1940) Boston Braves (1912-1935) Boston Rustlers (1911) Boston Doves (1907-1910) Boston... Westernport is a town in Allegany County, Maryland, United States located along the Georges Creek Valley. ... Hard Rock redirects here. ... Kix are an American hard rock and glam metal band who acheived popularity in the 1980s. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label, and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... Matty Staudt- Radio Producer. ...


See also

USS Barr (APD-39) USS Barr (DE-576/APD-39), originally a Buckley-class destroyer escort, and later a Charles Lawrence-class high speed transport of the United States Navy named for Pvt. ...


Geography

Keyser is located at 39°26′20″N, 78°58′58″W (39.438851, -78.982663)GR1.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.9 km² (1.9 mi²), all land. 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. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 5,303 people, 2,241 households, and 1,333 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,077.6/km² (2,791.7/mi²). There were 2,542 housing units at an average density of 516.6/km² (1,338.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.55% White, 7.07% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.32% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.72% of the population. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... 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. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... 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. ...


There were 2,241 households out of which 24.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.3% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.5% were non-families. 36.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.85. Marriage is an interpersonal relationship with governmental, social, or religious recognition, usually intimate and sexual, and often created as a contract, or through civil process. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 20.0% under the age of 18, 13.5% from 18 to 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 21.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 89.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.2 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $23,718, and the median income for a family was $32,708. Males had a median income of $29,034 versus $20,818 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,813. About 16.3% of families and 18.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.2% of those under age 18 and 11.0% 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. ...


Notable residents & natives

Jonah E. Kelley (April 13, 1923 - January 31, 1945 was a US Army Staff Sergeant from Keyser, West Virginia who was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously. ... The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States. ... Walter E. Jack Rollins was a resident of Keyser, West Virginia, born on September 15, 1906. ... Frosty the Snowman is a popular Christmas song written by Walter Jack Rollins and Steve Nelson and recorded by Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys in 1950. ... Smokeys instant catch-phrase is Only you can prevent forest fires! Smokey Bear is a mascot of the United States Forest Service created in 1944 to educate the public on the dangers of forest fires. ... John Martin Kruk (born February 9, 1961 in Charleston, West Virginia, raised in Keyser, West Virginia in Mineral County the states Potomac Highlands is an American former Major League Baseball player. ... ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting and producing sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... President Harry S. Truman at the mic, left Harley O. Staggers & Alben W. Barkley. ... Lynndie Rana England (born November 8, 1982) is a former United States Army reservist who served in the 372nd Military Police Company. ...

External links

Coordinates: 39.438851° N 78.982663° W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


  Results from FactBites:
 
Keyser, West Virginia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (689 words)
Keyser is a city in and the county seat of Mineral County
At the time, West Virginia became a state in 1863 there was some contention between Piedmont and New Creek over the location of the county seat.
In 1874, the town was incorporated as ‘Keyser’ to honor William Keyser, Vice President of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.
Keyser, West Virginia - West Virginia (WV) Cyclopedia (433 words)
Keyser, WV Keyser, WV is located about: 5 miles southeast of Piedmont, WV; 23 miles northwest of Romney, WV; and 23 southwest of Cumberland, MD.
Potomac State College was originally established as as the Keyser Preparatory Branch of the West Virginia University in 1901, opening in 1902 as the West Virginia Preparatory School.
Keyser, established largely through the energy of Henry G. Davis, received its first stimulus to growth through its selection as the county seat of Mineral County, which was formed from Hampshire County in 1866.
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