Beards Fork, West Virginia

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Beards Fork, West Virginia
Census-designated place (CDP)
Beards Fork is located in West Virginia
Beards Fork
Beards Fork
Beards Fork is located in the US
Beards Fork
Beards Fork
Location of Beards Fork in West Virginia
Coordinates: 38°03′49″N 81°13′38″W / 38.06361°N 81.22722°W / 38.06361; -81.22722Coordinates: 38°03′49″N 81°13′38″W / 38.06361°N 81.22722°W / 38.06361; -81.22722
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Fayette
Area[1]
 • Total 1.684 sq mi (4.36 km2)
 • Land 1.682 sq mi (4.36 km2)
 • Water 0.002 sq mi (0.005 km2)
Elevation[2] 1,253 ft (382 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 199
 • Density 120/sq mi (46/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 25014
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-54109
GNIS feature ID 1553820[2]
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Beards Fork is a census-designated place (CDP) and coal town in Fayette County, West Virginia, United States that was founded as a coal town. As of the 2010 census, its population was 199.[3]

Geography[edit]

Beards Fork is located at 38°03′49″N 81°13′38″W / 38.063720°N 81.227329°W / 38.063720; -81.227329 (38.063720, -81.227329).[2] Its elevation is 1,253 feet (382 m).

Beards Fork is situated between two mountain ridges in central Fayette County, and is closest to the unincorporated town of Robson. The Post Office in Robson handles the mail for Beards Fork.

History[edit]

The community takes its name from nearby Beards Fork creek.[5]

Transportation[edit]

Beards Fork is served by WV 61 via Beards Fork Road, a paved one-lane road maintained by the state; a creek runs parallel to the road throughout most of the inhabited portion of the valley (known locally as the 'hollow' or 'holler').

Economy[edit]

The only entity of any kind to have offices in Beards Fork is the Southern Appalachian Labor School's Community Center, a non-profit organization that primarily provides housing services and children's programs to area residents.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Beards Fork, West Virginia. Retrieved on 2008-08-10.
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  4. ^ Beards Fork WV Archived June 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.. Zip Code Lookup. Retrieved on 2008-08-10.
  5. ^ Kenny, Hamill (1945). West Virginia Place Names: Their Origin and Meaning, Including the Nomenclature of the Streams and Mountains. Piedmont, WV: The Place Name Press. p. 99.