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Elkins received its first economic stimulus as the location of the railroad's large locomotive and car shops, which in turn resulted in the building of many new homes for railroad workers. The resulting activity attracted a good class of merchants who increasingly attracted trade from the surrounding country.
 
Elkins received its first economic stimulus as the location of the railroad's large locomotive and car shops, which in turn resulted in the building of many new homes for railroad workers. The resulting activity attracted a good class of merchants who increasingly attracted trade from the surrounding country.
  
The WVC&P was sold in 1902, becoming part of the reorganized Western Maryland Railway (WM). That same year, H. G. Davis bgan construction of the Coal & Coke Railroad (C&C) from Elkins to [[Charleston, West Virginia|Charleston, WV]], which opened up the undeveloped timber and coal regions of Upshur, Braxton and Clay counties. The C&C route was completed in 1906, and in 1917 the line taken over by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O).
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The WVC&P was sold in 1902, becoming part of the reorganized Western Maryland Railway (WM). That same year, H. G. Davis bgan construction of the Coal & Coke Railroad (C&C) from Elkins to [[Charleston, West Virginia|Charleston, WV]], which opened up the undeveloped timber and coal regions of Upshur, Braxton and Clay counties. The C&C route was completed in January of 1906, the line taken over by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O) in 1917.
  
 
==<h2>Variant Names for Elkins, WV==
 
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Joans Friends, Jonas Friends, Leadsville, Leeds Village, Leedsville
 
Joans Friends, Jonas Friends, Leadsville, Leeds Village, Leedsville

Revision as of 14:34, 8 December 2005

County seat of Randolph County, Elkins, WV (map) was incorporated in 1890. The town was named for Stephen B. Elkins, United States Senator from West Virginia, 1895-1911. Elkins is the location of Davis and Elkins College.


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Elkins, WV

Attractions

Canaan Valley Resort State Park, one of West Virginia's top skiing destinations, located about 40 miles from Elkins, WV

Elkins Coal and Coke Company Historic District

Media

Radio

WDNE (AM 1240) : WCDE (FM 90.3) : WBHZ (FM 91.9) : WELK (FM 94.7) : WDNE (FM 98.9)

The first radio station in Elkins, WV, WDNE-AM, went on the air in 1948.

Newspapers

The Inter-Mountain


Schools

Randolph County Schools

Photos

Photos of Elkins, WV - 1939

Photos of Elkins railroad yard - 1939

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Maps

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Map of Elkins, WV showing streets and highways, and nearby airports, parks, hospitals, buildings, churches, cemeteries, trails and other points of interest; with link to driving directions.

Topo Map of the Elkins, WV vicinity.

Photos

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Western Maryland Railway - Elkins, WV

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Main Street - Elkins, WV - circa 1930's

Census Data

Population: 7,032 (2000 Census)

Geodata

Elevation: 1930 feet
Longitude: -79.8469
Latitude: 38.9258


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Development of Elkins, WV

In 1881, by act of Legislature, the Potomac and Piedmont Coal and Railroad Company was reorganized as the West Virginia Central and Pittsburg Railroad Company (WVC&P), with Henry G. Davis as president and Davis' son-in-law, Stephen B. Elkins, as vice-president. The railroad's main line was completed to Elkins, WV, in 1889. By 1891, trains were running on a line to Beverly, and to Belington, where connection was made with the Tygart Valley branch of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O) from Grafton, WV. A additional rail link was made in 1904 at Durbin. The rail line penetrated the vast Elkins Coal Field, facilitating the industrial development of the region, and fostering the creation of numerous coal mining operations, lumber mills and timber operations.

Elkins received its first economic stimulus as the location of the railroad's large locomotive and car shops, which in turn resulted in the building of many new homes for railroad workers. The resulting activity attracted a good class of merchants who increasingly attracted trade from the surrounding country.

The WVC&P was sold in 1902, becoming part of the reorganized Western Maryland Railway (WM). That same year, H. G. Davis bgan construction of the Coal & Coke Railroad (C&C) from Elkins to Charleston, WV, which opened up the undeveloped timber and coal regions of Upshur, Braxton and Clay counties. The C&C route was completed in January of 1906, the line taken over by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O) in 1917.

Variant Names for Elkins, WV

Joans Friends, Jonas Friends, Leadsville, Leeds Village, Leedsville