Glen Jean, West Virginia

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Glen Jean, West Virginia
Census-designated place (CDP)
Glen Jean is located in West Virginia
Glen Jean
Glen Jean
Glen Jean is located in the US
Glen Jean
Glen Jean
Location within the state of West Virginia
Coordinates: 37°55′35″N 81°09′00″W / 37.92639°N 81.15000°W / 37.92639; -81.15000Coordinates: 37°55′35″N 81°09′00″W / 37.92639°N 81.15000°W / 37.92639; -81.15000
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Fayette
 • Total 0.226 sq mi (0.59 km2)
 • Land 0.226 sq mi (0.59 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 210
 • Density 930/sq mi (360/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)

Glen Jean is a census-designated place (CDP) in Fayette County, West Virginia, United States, near Oak Hill. As of the 2010 census, its population is 210.[2]

The area had been known was White Oaks, but when the town was founded in the early 1870s the community was named for Jean McKell, the wife of landowner Thomas G. McKell. The town was a center for the coal mining industry and a railroad junction, formerly boasting an opera house, hotels and a company store. Much of the town has disappeared since the end of the coal boom. The chief remaining structure is the Bank of Glen Jean, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[3] Glen Jean is the headquarters of New River Gorge National River, located across the street from the bank building, which now functions as a visitor contact center. Glen Jean is also home to the Boy Scout of America's national high adventure base, The Summit Bechtel Reserve.[4]

The latitude of Glen Jean is 37.926N. The longitude is -81.15W. It is in the Eastern Time Zone. Elevation is 1,627 feet.

Nearby parks & recreation sites include the Bluestone National Scenic River, the Gauley River National Recreation Area, and the New River Gorge National River.


  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. ^ James C. Blankenship III and Michael J. Pauley (December 15, 1982). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Bank of Glen Jean" (pdf). National Park Service. 
  4. ^ Chambers, S. Allen (2004). "Capital Center and South Central West Virginia". Buildings of West Virginia. Oxford University Press. p. 114. ISBN 0-19-516548-9.