Beckley in Raleigh County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Founder of Raleigh County and the City of Beckley. Born in Washington, D.C., he was a West Point graduate, class of 1823, U.S. Artillery officer, and a brigadier general in the Virginia militia 1849-1861. He came to Fayette County (now Raleigh) in 1835 to manage a large tract of land inherited from his father, John James Beckley, first clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives and first librarian of Congress. He founded Raleigh County and Beckley in 1850, donated the site for the courthouse, was superintendent of county schools 1872-74, and in 1877 served in the West Virginia House of Delegates.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1823.
Location. 37° 46.561′ N, 81° 11.48′ W. Marker is in Beckley, West Virginia, in Raleigh County. Marker is on Neville Street west of Woodlawn Avenue, on the right when traveling west. The marker and statue are on the grounds of the Jim Word Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Beckley WV 25801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. We Will Never Forget. (within shouting distance of this marker); Spanish Influenza Hospital Site of First State Police Headquarters (about 600 feet away); Citizens Hall Of Fame (about 700 feet away); Beckley (about 700 feet away); Upper Big Branch Mine Explosion (about 700 feet away); Eccles Mine Explosions (about 700 feet away); Raleigh County World War II Memorial (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beckley.
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