Center Point, West Virginia

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Center Point, West Virginia
Center Point is located in West Virginia
Center Point
Location within the state of West Virginia
Center Point is located in the United States
Center Point
Point (the United States)
Coordinates: 39°23′30″N 80°38′7″W / 39.39167°N 80.63528°W / 39.39167; -80.63528Coordinates: 39°23′30″N 80°38′7″W / 39.39167°N 80.63528°W / 39.39167; -80.63528
CountryUnited States
StateWest Virginia
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes

Center Point is an unincorporated community in northeastern Doddridge County, West Virginia, USA. It lies along Route 23 northeast of the town of West Union, the county seat of Doddridge County.[1] Its elevation is 791 feet (241 m).

Historically, the community has also been known as Three Forks of McElroy (or Three Fork), Centerpoint, Centre Point, and Mount Pleasant; the Board on Geographic Names officially designated the current name and spelling in 1964.[2] Although it is unincorporated, it had a post office until November 2, 2002, and still has a ZIP code of 26339.[3][4] It lies near the confluence of three streams that form McElroy Creek (Robinson, Pike, and Talkington Forks).

Located near Center Point is the Center Point Covered Bridge (built ca. 1888-90), listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.[5]

The first oil pool in Doddridge County was discovered ("brought in" as it was then termed) and drilled in 1892 at Center Point. The oil and gas industry transformed life in the area very quickly and permanently.


  1. ^ Rand McNally. The Road Atlas '08. Chicago: Rand McNally, 2008, p. 112.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Center Point, West Virginia, Geographic Names Information System, 1980-06-27. Accessed 2008-02-21.
  3. ^ United States Postal Service (2012). "USPS - Look Up a ZIP Code". Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  4. ^ "Postmaster Finder - Post Offices by ZIP Code". United States Postal Service. Retrieved March 5, 2012.
  5. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.