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Morgantown, WV is the county seat of Monongalia County. The town was founded in about 1766-1768 by Colonel Zackquill Morgan, son of Morgan Morgan, on the site of a settlement established in 1768 by Thomas Decker, who had been killed by Native Americans. The first pottery west of the Appalachians was believed to have been started in Morgantown in about 1785. Morgantown was incorporated in 1785 by act of the General Assembly of Virginia and reincorporated as a West Virginia city in 1901, annexing the towns of Seneca, Greenmont and South Morgantown. The city is located along the Monongahela River and is an important center for lodging, commerce, healthcare, and technology. Morgantown is home to West Virginia University.

Morgantown, WV

Morgantown, WV is located about: 19 miles northeast of Fairmont, WV; 35 miles northeast of Clarksburg, WV and Bridgeport, WV; and 75 miles south of Pittsburgh, PA.


Morgantown Municipal Airport : Map of heliports and airports


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


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


E-postcards: WVU/Morgantown, WV


Map of Morgantown and Vicinity

View a larger version of this map (best viewed full-screen) with links to driving directions and additional mapping options.


South Park Historic District
Arthurdale Historic District
Pricketts Fort State Park


Morgantown City Hall (map)


Morgantown is one of the primary health care centers in West Virginia. The Ronald McDonald House of Morgantown provides a home away from home for families of critically ill children being treated at four local medical facilities.

Map of hospitals in/near Morgantown.

Healthcare at West Virginia University : HealthSouth : Monongalia General Hospital : Chestnut Ridge Hospital


Morgantown Public Library (map)


Radio Stations</br> WAJR the first radio station in Morgantown began broadcasting in 1940. Metronews, the state's news network, went on the air from WAJR-AM in Morgantown via 35 affiliated stations in 1985.

WCLG (AM 1300, Alternative) : WAJR (AM 1440, News/Talk) : WVPM (FM 90.9, NPR) : WWVU (FM 91.7, Educational) : WCLG (FM 100.1, Alternative) : WVAQ (FM 101.9, Contemporary)

Television (TV) Stations

Dominion Post : Daily Athenaeum


Map of schools in/near Morgantown, WV.

Colleges and Universities
Morgantown is the location of West Virginia University (WVU), originally established in 1867 by act of the West Virginia Legislature as The Agricultural College of West Virginia.

Pubic Schools: Monongalia County Schools



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

Topo Map of Morgantown, WV, and vicinity


180px-WVU-4.jpg WVU Mountaineers Student Union Bldg, Morgantown, WV

Census Data

Population: 26,809
(2000 Census)

Geo Data

Elevation: 947 feet
Longitude: -79.9561
Latitude: 39.6294

Mountaineer Football

On November 28, 1891, West Virginia University was defeated 72-0 by Washington and Jefferson College of Washington, PA, in the first recorded football game by WVU in Morgantown. WVU's Mountaineer Field was dedicated on Nov. 14, 1927 in Morgantown before a football game against Penn State. John Denver helped dedicate the new Mountaineer Field with a performance of "Country Roads" in 1980.