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Latest revision as of 17:59, 12 April 2013

Dunloup Creek has its source in the northern part of Raleigh County and flows in a northwestern direction for 3.2 miles to the Raleigh-Fayette County Line at Price Hill. Just north of this point, it deflects to the northeast, in which direction it flows for about 2.5 miles to just south of Dunloup, where it deflects to the northwest, flowing in that direction for about 1.8 miles to Sun, where it again makes a sharp turn to the northeast and flows in a general northeasterly direction to New River, emptying into the latter at Thurmond. Its entire length is 15.6 miles. Its fall from source to Price Hill is about 625 feet in 3.2 miles, or 195 feet to the mile. From Price Hill to Thurmond, the fall is about 740 feet in 12.4 miles, or 59.7 feet to the mile. Scenic Dunloup Creek Falls is located along this latter leg.

Three railroads built rail lines along the course of Dunloup Creek at the turn of the 20th century. The Loup Creek Branch of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway (C&O) was opened between Thurmond and Macdonald in 1894. The Kanawha, Glen Jean & Eastern Railway (KGJ&E) completed its line between Glen Jean and Tamroy in about 1905. At about the same time, the White Oak Railroad's rail line between Price Hill Junction and a mine at Price Hill was completed.

The Deepwater Railway (which later became the Virginian Railway) originally planned to follow the course of Dunloup Creek between Glen Jean to the mouth of the creek in Raleigh County. The company's plans were dropped in 1895 when the railroad's survey crew arrived at Glen Jean only to find a survey crew from another railroad, the Glen Jean, Lower Loup and Deepwater Railroad, plotting the route of a rail line into the town.

Trout Stocking

Dunloup Creek is stocked from its mouth, at Thurmond, 3.5 miles upstream to Harvey, once each month from February through May, by West Virginia Division of Natural Resources' Tate Lohr Trout Hatchery, at Princeton, WV.


1925 map of coal mines in the Dunloup Creek section of the New River Coal Field
1915 map of coal operations and company towns in the Dunloup Creek watershed
Map showing Dunloup Creek and vicinity
Dunloup Creek, below Harvey, WV

Additional Sources of Information

Towns of the Loup Creek and White Oak Coal Fields

Most of the area's towns developed as mining towns during the late 1800s and early 1900s as railroad lines began to be built in the yet undeveloped coal lands along Dunloup Creek and White Oak Creek.

Variant Names

Big Loop Creek, Big Loup Creek, Dun Loop Creek, Dun Loup Creek, Dunlaps Creek, Dunloop Creek, Dunlop Creek, Dunlops Creek, Loop Creek, Loup Creek, Upper Loop Creek, Upper Loup Creek, Wiper Loop Creek,