Wharton, West Virginia

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Wharton
Unincorporated community
Wharton is located in West Virginia
Wharton
Wharton
Location within the state of West Virginia
Coordinates: 37°54′12″N 81°40′38″W / 37.90333°N 81.67722°W / 37.90333; -81.67722Coordinates: 37°54′12″N 81°40′38″W / 37.90333°N 81.67722°W / 37.90333; -81.67722
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Boone
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)

Wharton is an unincorporated community and coal town on the Pond Fork River in Boone County in the U.S. state of West Virginia. Wharton lies along West Virginia Route 85. Wharton was named for Joseph Wharton, a large landowner from Philadelphia.

Mining accident[edit]

On February 1, 2006, a miner was killed at Long Branch Energy's #18 mine in Wharton when a wall support popped loose. This fatality along with another one in a separate incident in Uneeda, also in Boone County, caused West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin to call for a "stand-down on mine safety" at West Virginia's mines.