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South Charleston, West Virginia

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A community along the Kanawha River in Kanawha County, South Charleston, WV was established in 1906, but not incorporated until 1917. So named because of its location on the south side of the Kanawha River, opposite part of the City of Charleston, WV. The town site was platted by M. W. Venable and his son for the Kanawha Land Company in 1907, and incorporation papers were secured on September 7, 1917.

South Charleston, WV

Location

South Charleston, WV is located about: 3 miles east of Dunbar, WV; 5 miles west of Charleston, WV; 10 miles east of St. Albans, WV; and 50 miles east of Huntington, WV.

Airports

Yeager Airport : Map showing location of Yeager Airport : Map of heliports and airports

Lodging

South Charleston, WV Hotels: Find nearby hotels and make online reservations

Weather

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Map of South Charleston and Vicinity

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Attractions

Tri-State Racetrack & Gaming Center - Casino, greyhound racing, and gaming

Criel Mound - The second largest Adena Indian mound found in West Virginia is located in South Charleston. The South Charleston Mound was one of fifty mounds once located in this section of the Kanawha Valley.

South Charleston Museum - The South Charleston Museum collects significant objects relating to the history of South Charleston and the Kanawha Valley. Currently the collection is particularly strong in photographs, written material, chemical and industrial history, and Native American artifacts.

South Charleston and Union Carbide Plant, circa 1970s
Aerial view of South Charleston, WV, circa 1970s
Blaine Island on the Kanawha River at South Charleston, WV

Libraries

Kanawha County Public Library

Schools

Kanawha County Schools

   

Maps

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Map of South Charleston, WV showing streets, airports, parks, buildings, churches, cemeteries, trails and other points of interest, with link to driving directions.


Topo map of South Charleston, WV and vicinity

Census Data

Population: 13,390 (2000 Census)

Geodata

Elevation: 604 feet
Longitude: -81.6997
Latitude: 38.3683

Development of South Charleston, WV

South Charleston was one of several West Virginia cities in which modern chemical plants were built just prior to the nation's entry into World War I. After the war years, in 1925, Union Carbide Corporation moved its petrochemical plant from Clendenin to Blaine Island in South Charleston, begining production of several ethylene-based chemicals. By the late-1920s several industries were located in South Charleston,including chemical plants, glass plants, and a government armor and projectile plant.

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