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Gauley Bridge, West Virginia

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One of the earliest settlements in Fayette County, a post office was established at Gauley Bridge, WV, sometime prior to 1835. James Hodge Miller was the first white man to settle at Gauley Bridge in about 1831. The name originated from the location of an old covered bridge, built in 1821 by the James River and Kanawha Turnpike, crossing the Gauley River just above its junction with the New River. The name Gauley is often said to be of French origin, a modification of the old French word "Gaud." However, "gauley" is possibly a corruption of the French word "gaudir," meaning "to rejoice." At Gauley Bridge, the New River and Gauley River unite to form the Kanawha River. Two later presidents, William McKinley and Ruttherford B. Hayes, were among the officers quartered here at the old Miller Tavern during the Civil War. The Weston and Gauley Bridge Turnpike joined the James River and Kanawha Turnpike at Gauley Bridge.


Weather: Gauley Bridge, WV

Lodging: Gauley Bridge, WV Hotels


Elevation: 800 feet
Population: 738 (2000 Census)
Longitude: -81.195
Latitude: 38.1683


Schools: Fayette County Schools
Libraries: Gauley Bridge Public Library -- Fayette County Public Library


Topo map of Gauley Bridge, WV and vicinity.


Variant Name(s) for Gauley Bridge, WV

Kincaids Ferry