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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Beckley, West Virginia

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Beckley is the county seat for Raleigh County
Beckley is in Raleigh County
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1West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — Mortality
This bronze, titled "Mortality," is the work of West Virginia sculptor Bill Hopen. His study of a dying tunnel worker eulogizes the many men lying in unmarked graves near Hawk's Tunnel about 30 miles from here. There was no memorial for nearly a . . . Map (db m75073) HM
2West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — Alfred Beckley1802-1888
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 . . . Map (db m165062) HM
3West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — Alfred Beckley / Wildwood
Alfred Beckley. Born May 26, 1802. Beckley was a graduate of West Point and served in the army 13 years before moving to present-day Raleigh County in 1836. He pushed formation of the county and named its seat after his father. Made . . . Map (db m138150) HM
4West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — Bachelor’s Shanty
Room for one. From the coal camp in Helen, WV, this one room dwelling dates back to the early 1920s. It was built for and occupied by a single miner or a married miner living away from home while working in the coal mines during a work week. The . . . Map (db m86376) HM
5West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — Beckley
Created Apr. 4, 1838. Named for John Beckley, clerk of the House of Representatives in terms of Washington, Adams, and Jefferson. General Alfred Beckley, his son, had home, "Park Place", later known as "Wildwood", built here in 1835.Map (db m60987) HM
6West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — Beckley
Created Apr. 4, 1838. Named for John Beckley, clerk of the House of Representatives in the terms of Washington, Adams, and Jefferson. General Alfred Beckley, his son, had home, “Park Place,” later known as “Wildwood,” built . . . Map (db m138131) HM
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7West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — Beckley Mill
Alfred Beckley built a mill along Piney Creek (1838-1840) to spur economic growth on his wilderness landholdings. Union Commander and future U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes visited site in 1862. It was destroyed in the 1878 flood . . . Map (db m138152) HM
8West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — Bill Withers
Born July 4, 1938, in Slab Fork, Withers grew up in Beckley. After nine years of service in the US Navy, he began a successful career in the music industry, recording hit songs “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Lean on Me.” In his lifetime, he won three . . . Map (db m176833) HM
9West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — Citizens Hall Of FameCity Of Beckley — May 11, 1985 —
General Alfred Beckley Founder of our city John H. McCulloch Mayor of Beckley 1970-1983 Fireman Steven Horwath Killed in the line of duty Nov. 24, 1960 Capt. Jon A McBride, U.S.N. Astronaut-Space shuttle pilot Oct. 5, 1984 Police . . . Map (db m165072) HM
10West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — Civil War Site
On April 5, 1862, Company A of the 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry camped here during the occupation of the Raleigh Court House.Map (db m60293) HM
11West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — Civil War Site
This was a staging area for Confederate troops under the command of Gen. John B. Floyd in the fall of 1861. The 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry set camp here on April 18, 1862.Map (db m161224) HM
12West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — Clarence W. Meadows
Born February 11, 1904, in Beckley. Meadows, a lawyer, entered public service in 1930. He served as state delegate, county prosecutor and WV Attorney General before becoming a judge of the 10th Circuit in 1942. As governor (1945-49) he oversaw . . . Map (db m176834) HM
13West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — Dedicated
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14West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — Dinky Locomotive
On May 12, 1962, Beckley Street Commissioner D. E. Warden, initially in charge of setting up the City's new Exhibition Coal Mine, announced the donation of a dinky locomotive to the project. Dinkies were small locomotives used on short line . . . Map (db m161230) HM
15West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — Eccles Mine Explosions
Five miles west at Eccles, on April 28, 1914, a gas explosion in No. 5 Mine in the Beckley seam killed 174 miners; another nine died in No. 6 Mine above from blackdamp. On March 8, 1926, 19 died in No. 5. In 1891, Royal Mine on New River was first . . . Map (db m60204) HM
16West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — 81 — Ferguson Rock — Legends & Lore —
In 1814 an injured young man thrown and abandoned by his horse on Piney Creek purportedly carved his own tombstone awaiting death.Map (db m177144) HM
17West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — Flame Of Freedom
Dedicated to veterans of all wars Raleigh County American Legion Posts 32, 70, & 169 American Legion Auxiliary units 32 & 70 March 1969Map (db m165075) WM
18West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — From Agriculture to Mining
Shortly after European explorers arrived, permanent settlers began to use the "Indian Path" to enter southern West Virginia. The first permanent settlers arrived at Paint Creek in the early 19th century. Agriculture was the dominant way of life for . . . Map (db m75144) HM
19West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — Gen. Alfred Beckley
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20West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — Green Beret Birthplace
West Virginia Army National Guard Special Forces (Green Berets) were initially headquartered in Beckley in 1959. Detachments were home stationed here 1959-1963 and 1976-1979.Map (db m183908) HM
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21West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — James Bird Cole (1813-1880)
On this spot in 1842, James Bird Cole built the first residence in Alfred Beckley's 30-acre "paper town." Cole was born in Floyd County, Virginia, circa 1813. A blacksmith, he also established the first business in Beckley. He built his forge and . . . Map (db m177088) HM
22West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — Pinecrest Sanitarium
Established in 1927 by act of the Legislature to provide additional facilities for sufferers from tuberculosis. Opened to the public in 1930. Capacity increased, 1938. Early treatment of the disease is emphasized. Altitude 2350 feet.Map (db m109187) HM
23West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — Raleigh County
Formed, 1850, from Fayette. Named for Sir Walter Raleigh, who planted the first English colony in America. Beckley, the county seat, was founded by Alfred Beckley, and named for his father, John, first clerk of the House of Representatives.Map (db m138154) HM
24West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — Raleigh County Coal Mines
The county's first mine opened at Royal on the New River in 1891. The Beckley Exhibition Mine, once an actual operating mine, and the dozens of others throughout Raleigh County produced 792,055,155 tons of bituminous coal in the first century of the . . . Map (db m161229) HM
25West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — Raleigh County World War II Memorial
In grateful tribute toward the living and the dead who through their valiant efforts and bitter sacrifice have made America great, is this shrine dedicated by the Senior Girl Scouts of Raleigh County. Let us hold in honored memory those . . . Map (db m165069) WM
26West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — Salvation Wall
A stone wall located here impeded advance of the Great Fire of April 14, 1912, saving Main Street businesses and offices.Map (db m179838) HM
27West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — Samuel Haas Bridge (23 Jan. 1884 - 27 Mar. 1965)
Worked as a mining engineer before moving to Beckley 1921 and pursuing architecture beginning in 1930. Major projects: Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building, Post Office and Federal Building, Pinecrest Sanitarium, Stratton High School, Mountainair . . . Map (db m192494) HM
28West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — Site of First State Police HeadquartersWillis Hotel February 1920
In 1922, State Police Colonel Arnold announced Raleigh County roads were the "chief gateway into the state for the bootlegging fraternity."Map (db m203035) HM
29West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — Spanish Influenza Hospital
During the deadly Spanish influenza pandemic of 1918-19, a special flu hospital operated on this site in the basement of the First Baptist Church. Volunteers, Risking their own lives, tended to the plague victims brought in from throughout Raleigh . . . Map (db m159733) HM
30West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — State Police Radio Station And Barracks
On October 7, 1939, station WBSP went live, part of a new shortwave communication system throughout the state. Within nine months, in late-June 1940, Company D occupied new, state-owned "barracks here. Partially funded by WPA grants, . . . Map (db m165070) HM
31West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — Stratton High SchoolAfrican American Heritage Tour
Gone are the days of the early 1800s in which African Americans were mainly provided education by missionaries and charitable organizations. The WV legislature passed a bill in 1866 that provided public schools for black students, but revised it in . . . Map (db m161232) HM
32West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — Superintendent's House
A reflection of Status Constructed in 1906 in Skelton, WV, the “super’s home” was just that, a three story structure for the mine superintendent to make his home. However, all indications are that Samuel Dixon the mine . . . Map (db m86432) HM
33West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — The Attar CenterDedicated to Economic Development of — Beckley and Southern West Virginia —
General Alfred Beckley, founder of the city of Beckley, shows this corner location as land lot 29 on his 1838 map. Reverend Matthew Ellison, founder of the First Baptist Church of Beckley, built his home here in 1850, and his heirs held title to the . . . Map (db m60262) HM
34West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — The Indian Path
Known as the "War Road", the "Hunter's Road", or simply the "Indian Path" by the time European explorers arrived in the 18th century, Paint Creek had long been a route of travel for Native Americans. Delawares, Mingoes, Ottawas, Senecas, . . . Map (db m75165) HM
35West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — The Mysterious Ferguson Rock
There are many tales surrounding Ferguson rock, the oldest known landmark in Beckley, Raleigh County. One popular story holds “S. Ferguson” to have been an “old pioneer” who came to grief in 1814 while traveling from Virginia to the Kanawha . . . Map (db m177086) HM
36West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — The Raleigh County BankLandmarks of West Virginia
This city block, laid out by General Alfred Beckley, was the headquarters of Union troops during the Civil War Among these troops were two future presidents of the United States: Rutherford B. Hayes 19th Pres. 1877-1881 William . . . Map (db m165079) HM
37West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — Upper Big Branch Mine Explosion
An explosion underground at Montcoal in western Raleigh County on April 5th, 2010 took the lives of 29 miners listed below: Deceased Miners Carl C Acord, 52, Roof Bolter Operator Jason M. Atkins, 25, Roof Bolter Operator Christopher . . . Map (db m138161) HM
38West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — RA 1 — Wildwood
Built by John Lilly, Sr. in 1835-36, it was the home of Alfred Beckley (1802-88) and Amelia Neville Craig. Son of John Beckley, first clerk of the House of Representatives, he founded the town of Beckley and wrote the bill proposing formation of . . . Map (db m76957) HM
39West Virginia (Raleigh County), Beckley — William S. Dunbar
Born in 1823, he moved to Raleigh County in the 1850s where he was a carpenter. A staunch Unionist during the Civil War, he served in the 7th WV Cavalry until discharged due to ill health. Elected to the House of Delegates in 1863, Dunbar also . . . Map (db m186661) HM
40West Virginia (Randolph County), Beckley — We Will Never Forget.
Dedicated to all Police, Fire, & EMS workers, & their families, who in any way gave their time, their effort, & in some cases their life, in serving & protecting the citizens of Beckley & Raleigh County. The piece of steel on top of this . . . Map (db m184249) WM
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Nov. 27, 2022