Helen, West Virginia

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Helen, West Virginia
Census-designated place (CDP)
Helen, West Virginia is located in West Virginia
Helen, West Virginia
Helen, West Virginia
Coordinates: 37°38′5″N 81°18′50″W / 37.63472°N 81.31389°W / 37.63472; -81.31389Coordinates: 37°38′5″N 81°18′50″W / 37.63472°N 81.31389°W / 37.63472; -81.31389
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Raleigh
 • Total 0.238 sq mi (0.62 km2)
 • Land 0.238 sq mi (0.62 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,630.9 ft (497.1 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 219
 • Density 920/sq mi (360/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 25853
GNIS feature ID 1554679[3]

Helen is a census-designated place (CDP) in Raleigh County, West Virginia, United States. As of the 2010 census, its population was 219.[2] West Virginia Route 16, Winding Gulf and railroad tracks run right through the community.[4]

The Helen mine and coal camp was opened in the 1910s by the East Gulf Coal Company. Many years later, the mine was operated by the Koppers Coal company, which then became the Eastern Gas & Fuel - Coal Division, and even later Eastern Associated Coal Company. Eastern Associated operated the Helen mine into the 1980s.

Today, Helen remains a small, unincorporated area in southern West Virginia. There is a Protestant church there.