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Beckley in Raleigh County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Site of First State Police Headquarters

Willis Hotel February 1920

 
 
Plaque as mounted. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Davis, July 20, 2022
1. Plaque as mounted.
Inscription.  In 1922, State Police Colonel Arnold announced Raleigh County roads were the "chief gateway into the state for the bootlegging fraternity."
 
Erected 2022 by Raleigh County Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceLaw Enforcement. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1920.
 
Location. 37° 46.583′ N, 81° 11.357′ W. Marker is in Beckley, West Virginia, in Raleigh County. Marker is on South Heber Street south of McCreery Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 207 S Heber St, 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. Upper Big Branch Mine Explosion (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Raleigh County (about 400 feet away); Eccles Mine Explosions (about 400 feet away); Beckley (about 400 feet away); Raleigh County World War II Memorial (about 400 feet away); The Attar Center (about 400 feet away); Salvation Wall (about 400 feet away); Civil War Site (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beckley.
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More about this marker. The plaque is affixed to the Heaberling Building, facing the small city parking lot occupied by the Willis Hotel in 1920. Marker was funded by a Beckley Area Foundation Community Grant.
 
Additional keywords. prohibition, organized crime
 
Dedication Event July 20, 2022 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Davis, July 20, 2022
2. Dedication Event July 20, 2022
From left: Tom Sopher, Raleigh County Historical Society (RCHS) president; State Police delegation of Captain Bruce Clendenin (CO, Troop 6), Captain Doug Miller (CO, Troop 7) and Lt. Jason Cooper (XO, Troop 6); Jim Anderson, property owner and project supporter; Becky Leach, RCHS secretary.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 3, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 19, 2022, by Merle T. Cole of Daniels, West Virginia. This page has been viewed 251 times since then and 39 times this year. Last updated on August 2, 2022, by Merle T. Cole of Daniels, West Virginia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 20, 2022, by Merle T. Cole of Daniels, West Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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