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Beaver, West Virginia

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Formerly "Glen Hedrick," Beaver, WV, is a unincorporated community in central Raleigh County located two miles southeast of the City of Beckley, WV and one mile west of Daniels, WV. Interstate 64 (I-64) and U.S. 19 (US-19) travel through Beaver. The community is an important service center for the rapidly developing southeastern county.

The tableland to the north of Beaver, off I-64, is home to the U.S. Mine Safety & Health Academy and the Raleigh County Memorial Airport. The Raleigh County Airport Industrial Park is adjacent to the airport. The West Virginia Southern Regional Jail and Beckley Federal Correctional Institute are also located near the airport.

The Beaver area also includes many popular residential areas. In the late 1900s many vacation homes were built in the region, including those at Glade Springs Resort. Five golf courses, including two at Glade Springs, are located within a five-minute drive of Beaver.


Population: 1,378

Elevation: 2,150


History

The Beaver area was settled in the early 1800s by Clarkson and William Prince, maternal cousins of General Alfred Beckley. Like Beckley, they'd inherited acreage in Raleigh County (then Fayette County, VA), from Beckley's father, John Beckley. The Princes farmed the lowlands around Beaver Creek and Little Beaver Creek. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the community was known as Glen Hedrick and was the site of one of mills and exporting operations of the Ritter Lumber Company. The Ritter company timbered much of the watershed of the Piney Creek, which was until then shadowed in a forest of White pine. U.S. 19 in Beaver is known as Ritter Drive. The name "Beaver" was adopted in the mid-1900s to describe the numerous beaver that inhabited the valleys of Beaver Creek and Little Beaver Creek, which join near the center of the the community. Little Beaver State Park is located just east of the community.


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Real Estate

The Beaver area is among the most rapidly developing residential areas in southern West Virginia. its relatively cool summer temperatures have long made it an attractive location. Glade Springs Resort is among several planned residential communities located near Beaver. Many real estate agents serve Glade Springs and the surrounding area.


Historic Sites

When Alfred Beckley arrived in the area in the 1830s he mapped the ruins of what he termed an Ancient Stone Fort on Beaver Creek. The rock wall was one of many prehistoric ruins located among the mountains of southern West Virginia. Nothing is known to be left of the wall today. Several historic sites are located in Beaver, including the Chesapeake and Ohio Dam, on C&O Dam Road, and the Little Beaver Lake Dam at Little Beaver State Park. Several historic sites in Beaver have been destroyed by recent development. See also: Raleigh County Historic Landmarks

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