McDowell, Virginia

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McDowell, Virginia
Unincorporated community
Aerial view of McDowell, Virginia
Aerial view of McDowell, Virginia
McDowell, Virginia is located in Virginia
McDowell, Virginia
McDowell, Virginia
Coordinates: 38°20′08″N 79°29′26″W / 38.33556°N 79.49056°W / 38.33556; -79.49056Coordinates: 38°20′08″N 79°29′26″W / 38.33556°N 79.49056°W / 38.33556; -79.49056
Country United States
State Virginia
County Highland
Elevation 2,110 ft (640 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 24458
Area code(s) 540
GNIS feature ID 1485285[1]

McDowell is an unincorporated community in Highland County, Virginia, United States. McDowell is located 7.2 miles (11.6 km) southeast of Monterey, Virginia on U.S. Route 250.[2] It is situated in the Bullpasture Valley near the mouth of Crab Run on the Bullpasture River.[3] The community was named after James McDowell,[4] Governor of Virginia from 1843 to 1846.[5] McDowell is the location of the May 8, 1862 Battle of McDowell during the American Civil War.[6] The community has a post office with ZIP code 24458 that was established in 1828.[7][8]

The Crab Run Lane Truss Bridge, Mansion House, and McClung Farm Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[9]


  1. ^ "McDowell". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ Google Inc. "McDowell, Virginia". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc.,+VA&hl=en&ll=38.391372,-79.542183&spn=0.094048,0.209255&sll=38.555616,-79.567284&sspn=0.046917,0.104628&oq=mcdowell&t=w&hnear=McDowell,+Highland,+Virginia&z=13. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
  3. ^ "The National Map". United States Geological Survey. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The origin of certain place names in the United States. Government Printing Office. p. 194. 
  5. ^ "McDowell, James, (1795 - 1851)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ "2. McDOWELL (8 May 1862)". National Park Service. 1995. Retrieved January 8, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Find Locations - McDowell". United States Postal Service. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Postmaster Finder". United States Postal Service. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  9. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.