Beards Fork, West Virginia

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Beards Fork, West Virginia
Census-designated place (CDP)
Beards Fork, West Virginia is located in West Virginia
Beards Fork, West Virginia
Location of Beards Fork in West Virginia
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Country United States
State West Virginia
County Fayette
Area[1]
 • Total 1.684 sq mi (4.36 km2)
 • Land 1.682 sq mi (4.36 km2)
 • Water 0.002 sq mi (0.005 km2)
Elevation[2] 1,253 ft (382 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 199
 • Density 120/sq mi (46/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 25014
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-54109
GNIS feature ID 1553820[2]
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Beards Fork is a census-designated place (CDP) and coal town in Fayette County, West Virginia, United States that was founded as a coal town. As of the 2010 census, its population was 199.[3]

Geography

Beards Fork is located at Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found. (38.063720, -81.227329).[2] Its elevation is 1,253 feet (382 m).

Beards Fork is situated between two mountain ridges in central Fayette County, and is closest to the unincorporated town of Robson. The Post Office in Robson handles the mail for Beards Fork.

History

Historically, Beards Fork has been the location of coal mining, and at one point, the longest building in the world under one roof was located in Beards Fork- a coal tipple that spanned the valley; it was 5,555 feet (1,693 m) in length.[citation needed] Today, there is no mining, but logging persists; a flood in 2001 was exacerbated by the rupture of an illegal dam formed by logging remnants.

Transportation

Beards Fork is served by WV 61 via Beards Fork Road, a paved one-lane road maintained by the state; a creek runs parallel to the road throughout most of the inhabited portion of the valley (known locally as a 'hollow' or 'holler').

Economy

The only entity of any kind to have offices in Beards Fork is the Southern Appalachian Labor School's Community Center, a non-profit organization that primarily provides housing services and children's programs to area residents.

References

  1. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Beards Fork, West Virginia. Retrieved on 2008-08-10.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Beards Fork WV. Zip Code Lookup. Retrieved on 2008-08-10.