Booger Hole, West Virginia

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Booger Hole, West Virginia
Unincorporated community
Booger Hole is located in West Virginia
Booger Hole
Booger Hole
Coordinates: 38°34′07.82″N 81°03′42.03″W / 38.5688389°N 81.0616750°W / 38.5688389; -81.0616750Coordinates: 38°34′07.82″N 81°03′42.03″W / 38.5688389°N 81.0616750°W / 38.5688389; -81.0616750
Country United States
State West Virginia
Counties Clay
Elevation 909 ft (277 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 304 & 681

Booger Hole is an unincorporated community in northern Clay County, West Virginia, United States. It is located in the Rush Fork Valley, near the town of Ivydale.

In 1917, the community was subjected to "about a dozen" murders during a short period of time. A special grand jury was convened to investigate the incidents, and the community itself formed what they referred to as a "mob", posting notices threatening to "get bloodhounds and detectives and run [the murderer] to the ends of the earth." Although folklore has it that the community's name derived from this violence – "booger" being a local usage for the "boogieman" – a contemporary press account clearly shows that the community was already called "Booger Hole" at the time of the murders.[1]

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  1. ^ "Mysteries of Booger Hole" Pittsburgh Gazette Times (January 29, 1917)