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Fairmont, West Virginia

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The county seat of Marion County, Fairmont, WV, was established in 1820 as Middletown, then in Monongalia County. Chartered by the Virginia Assembly in 1843 as Fairmont, a contraction of the words Fair and Mountain, first considered as the name for the new town. The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) completed its line to Fairmont in 1852. The town was the home of Francis H. Pierpoint, Governor of Virginia under the Restored Government. Fairmont today is an important lodging, commerce, and technology center.

The city is situated in the northern section of the state, along West Virginia's I-79 High Tech Corridor. The National White Collar Crime Center provides nationwide support to law enforcement agencies involved in prevention, investigation, and prosecution of economic and high-tech crime. The NASA Independent Verification and Validation Facility, governed by the Goddard Space Flight Center, houses more than 150 full-time employees and more than 20 in-house partners and contractors.

Fairmont, WV

Fairmont, WV, is located about 16 miles northeast of Bridgeport, WV; 18 miles southwest of Morgantown, WV; and 20 miles northeast of Clarksburg, WV.


Fairmont Municipal Airport : Map of heliports and airports in/near Fairmont, WV.


Fairmont, WV, Hotels: Find nearby hotels and make online reservations


Fairmont, WV: Current conditions, forecasts, weather alerts, and more


Map of Fairmont and Vicinity

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Valley Falls State Park, about ten miles southeast of Fairmont.
Pricketts Fort State Park, north of Fairmont, WV, off Exit 139, I-79.

Downtown Fairmont, WV
Fairmont State University
Fairmont Historical Museum


Fairmont General Hospital (map)

History: Miners' Hospital No. 3 was opened in Fairmont, WV in 1901, one of three Miners' Hospitals established in the West Virginia Coal Fields by act of the Legislature in 1899, created to care for those injured in connection with employment.


City of Fairmont, official Web site.


Marion County Library -- Fairmont Public Library



The first radio station in Fairmont, WMMN, began broadcasting in 1928.

WMMN (AM 920, Sports) : WTCS (AM 1490, Christian) : WRLF (FM 94.3, Rock) : WKKW (FM 97.9)


Times West Virginian


Map of schools in/near Fairmont, WV

Colleges and Universities
A state normal school was established at Fairmont, WV in 1866, which evolved into Fairmont State College, becaming Fairmont State University in 2004.

Public Schools
Marion County Schools



Map of Fairmont, WV showing streets and highways and nearby airports, parks, hospitals, and other points of interest, with link to driving directions.

Topo map of Fairmont, WV and vicinity.

High Gate

High Gate - Fairmont, WV

180px-High-Gate-Carriage-House-Fairmont-WV.jpg Scale drawings of High Gate

Census Data

Population: 19,097
(2000 Census)

Geo Data

Elevation: 991 feet
Longitude: -80.1428
Latitude: 39.485

Variant Name(s) for Fairmont, WV

Middletown, Palatine, Polsley, Polsleys, Polsleys Mill, Polsleys Mills