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Rainelle, West Virginia

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The largest community in western Greenbrier County, Rainelle, WV (map), pop. 1,545 (2000), was incorporated in 1913 and named for brothers John and Thomas Raine, prominent U.S. lumber manufacturers. It has been called the "Gateway to the Allegheny Mountains," as its sits at the southernmost terminus of that range. The town was the site of the world's largest band-saw mill, operated by the Raine brothers' Meadow River Lumber Company, which logged much of the Meadow River basin of southeastern West Virginia.


Weather: Rainelle, WV

Lodging: Rainelle, WV Hotels


Among the most beautifully situated towns in the southern West Virginia, Rainelle has been weathered by economic downturn. Its first losses came with the close of Meadow River Lumber in 1975; its second, with the completion of I-64, to the south, in 1989, after which interstate traffic through the town on US-60 slowed significantly. Many local development agencies hope then town can draw on the tourist industry centered to the east at Lewisburg, WV, and to the west at Fayetteville, WV.


Population: 1545

Elevation: 2380 feet


Schools: Greenbrier County Schools
Libraries: Greenbrier County Library