Cucumber, West Virginia

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Census-designated place (CDP)
Cucumber West Virginia post office
Cucumber West Virginia post office
Cucumber is located in West Virginia
Location within the state of West Virginia
Coordinates: 37°16′40″N 81°37′36″W / 37.27778°N 81.62667°W / 37.27778; -81.62667Coordinates: 37°16′40″N 81°37′36″W / 37.27778°N 81.62667°W / 37.27778; -81.62667
Country United States
State West Virginia
County McDowell
 • Total 0.452 sq mi (1.17 km2)
 • Land 0.452 sq mi (1.17 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,542 ft (470 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 94
 • Density 210/sq mi (80/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EST (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 24826
GNIS feature ID 1554238[3]

Cucumber is a census-designated place (CDP) in McDowell County, West Virginia. As of the 2010 census, its population was 94.[2] It is centered on mining. Named either for nearby Cucumber Creek[4] or for the cucumber trees in the area,[5] it is the only community in the United States with this name. Its post office was still active as of October 2011 (see image).

Cucumber WV Postmark.jpg

Mine collapse[edit]

On January 13, 2007, a tunnel collapse at a Brooks Run Mining Company coal mine killed two miners in the town.[6][7] Between 2005 and 2008, the Brooks Mining Company extracted 2,093,165 tons of coal.[8]


  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Cucumber, West Virginia
  4. ^ 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. 194. 
  5. ^ Moyer, Armond; Moyer, Winifred (1958). The origins of unusual place-names. Keystone Pub. Associates. p. 30. 
  6. ^ "Tunnel collapse kills 2 miners in West Virginia". CNN International. Archived from the original on January 15, 2007. Retrieved January 14, 2007. 
  7. ^ "McDowell cave-in kills two miners". Sunday Gazette-Mail. Retrieved January 14, 2007. 
  8. ^ Brooks Mining Company info,; accessed May 14, 2014.