Raleigh County



Beckley

Named for John James Beckley, father of Alfred Beckley
Population 2010 Census: 17,614
Median Age: 41.6 years

Courthouse: Completed 1937
Architect: Ludwig T. Bengston

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Formed: 1850
Named: For Sir Walter Raleigh, English adventurer and soldier
County Seat: Beckley
Land in Square Miles: 605.35
Population 2010 Census: 78,859
Persons per Square Mile 2010: 130.3

Primary Sources Online
Roy Lee Harmon
Cornelius H. Charlton
Dedication of West Virginia Turnpike, 1954
1960 Presidential Campaign in Raleigh County
Mine and Safety Academy, 1976

West Virginia Turnpike, 1956   (dialup)    (broadband)
Willard Lester's mine memorabilia, 1983   (dialup)    (broadband)
Hanes Smith's beer can collection, 1983   (dialup)    (broadband)
Chris Dellamea of Daniels, 1984   (dialup)    (broadband)
Jane Rutledge of Beckley, 1984   (dialup)    (broadband)

Civil War
Hard Fighting and Safe Retreat, 1861
From Gen. Floyd's Camp, 1861
A Distinguished Rebel Prisoner, 1862
Special Orders No. 150, 1862
Encounter near Beckley, 1863
Biographical Sketch of William S. Dunbar
Raleigh County Union Militia Letters, Folder 1
Raleigh County Union Militia Letters, Folder 2
Raleigh County Union Militia Letters, Folder 5

Photographs
Photographs of Schools in Raleigh County

Secondary Sources Online
List of Raleigh County Legislators
Clarence Watson Meadows
Hulett Carlson Smith

West Virginia Veterans Memorial Biographies
Paul Adamos
Warren Steele Adams
Earl Roger Biggs
Cornelius H. Charlton
Thedford Thomas and Lamer Lynell Hughes
Willard S. Lilly
Ralph Ohley Osborne
Mark S. Reed
Denver Walker

History of the American Negro Biographies
Jonathan Sebastian Butts
William Garfield Capel
Joseph Meredith Grandison
Henry Clay Hargrove
Cornelius Nathaniel Harris
Robert James Howard
David Carter Hunter
Edward Leroy Morton
Brown Wesley Payne
William Robert Woodson
Birton Linward Zeiglar



Teacher Resources

West Virginia Archives and History