Cucumber, West Virginia
|Census-designated place (CDP)|
Cucumber West Virginia post office
|• 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)|
|• Density||210/sq mi (80/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EST (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1554238|
Cucumber is a census-designated place (CDP) in McDowell County, West Virginia. As of the 2010 census, its population was 94. It is centered on mining. Named either for nearby Cucumber Creek or for the cucumber trees in the area, it is the only community in the United States with this name. Its post office was still active as of October 2011 (see image).
On January 13, 2007, a tunnel collapse at a Brooks Run Mining Company coal mine killed two miners in the town. Between 2005 and 2008, the Brooks Mining Company extracted 2,093,165 tons of coal.
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- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Cucumber, West Virginia
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- "Tunnel collapse kills 2 miners in West Virginia". CNN International. Archived from the original on January 15, 2007. Retrieved January 14, 2007.
- "McDowell cave-in kills two miners". Sunday Gazette-Mail. Retrieved January 14, 2007.
- Brooks Mining Company info, wvminesafety.org; accessed May 14, 2014.
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