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Raleigh County, West Virginia


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Statistics & Facts

The West Virginia state capital is Charleston.
The population of Beckley is approximately 18,296 (1990), 17614 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 8,917 (1990), 7800 (2010).
The amount of land area in Beckley is 23.301 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Beckley to Washington DC is 248 miles.
The distance to the West Virginia state capital is 46 miles. (as the crow flies)
Beckley is positioned 37.78 degrees north of the equator and 81.18 degrees west of the prime meridian.
The average winter temperature is 31 degrees F.
The average summer temperature is 75-90 degrees F.


in southern West Virginia where I-77, I-64 and US 19 meet.
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seasonal. See the beautiful fall colors here in late September to the end of October with the best viewing during the first two weeks of October.
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History & History Related Items

Raleigh County was proposed in 1850 by General Alfred Beckley. It was to be named in honor of Sir Walter Raleigh. Alfred Beckley served as the first clerk of the Circuit Court of the county. His home, Wildwood House, is preserved as a museum honoring his contributions to both Beckley and to the county of Raleigh. Beckley became a center for commerce and culture during the heyday of the coal mine in the early 1900's. It continues to do so today. It is also the county seat for Raleigh County.
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Beckley Mainstreet
P.O. Box 821
Beckley, WV 25802
Phone: 304-256-1776
Fax: 304-256-1816
Much to see and do, including: Soldiers Memorial Theatre, Civil War Sites, shops, antiques and more.

Wildwood House Museum
c/o Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine
Drawer AJ
Beckley, WV 25802
Phone: 304-256-1747 Fax: 304-256-1798
This home was built in 1835-36 for General Alfred Beckley, a major contributor to both the city of Beckley and the county of Raleigh. Please call for hours and details.

Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia & Mountain Homestead
P.O. Box 1815
Beckley, WV 25802
PHone: 304-252-3730
Fax: 304-252-3764
See hands-on exhibits and planetarium including: log cabin, barn, schoolhouse, moonshine still, balcksmith shop and more.

Lake Stephens
Raleigh County Recreation Authority
350 Lake Stephens Road
Beckley, WV 25801
Phone: 304-934-5323 (main phone)
Campground: 304-934-5322
Marina: 304-934-7709
2,700 acres with all types of camping with hook-ups. Also featuring general store, shower houses, beach, swimming, water slide, boat rental, fishing and more.
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Beckley City Government

City of Beckley
Drawer AJ
Beckley, WV 25802
Phone: 304-256-1703
Fax: 304-256-1816

Beckley Schools

College of West Virginia
P.O. Box AG
Beckley, WV 25802
Phone: 304-253-7351
Toll-free: 800-766-6067
Fax: 304-253-5072

Valley College of Technology
330 Harper Park Drive, Suite G
Beckley, WV 25801
Phone: 304-252-9547
Fax: 304-252-1694

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