Mount Carbon, West Virginia

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Mount Carbon, West Virginia
Census-designated place (CDP)
Nickname(s): Adena
Mount Carbon is located in West Virginia
Mount Carbon
Mount Carbon
Mount Carbon is located in the US
Mount Carbon
Mount Carbon
Coordinates: 38°08′16″N 81°17′08″W / 38.13778°N 81.28556°W / 38.13778; -81.28556Coordinates: 38°08′16″N 81°17′08″W / 38.13778°N 81.28556°W / 38.13778; -81.28556
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Fayette
 • Total 0.241 sq mi (0.62 km2)
 • Land 0.149 sq mi (0.39 km2)
 • Water 0.092 sq mi (0.24 km2)
Elevation 643 ft (196 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 428
 • Density 1,800/sq mi (690/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 25139
Area code(s) 304 & 681
GNIS feature ID 1555166[3]

Mount Carbon is a census-designated place (CDP) in Fayette County, West Virginia, United States. Mount Carbon is located along West Virginia Route 61, 3 miles (4.8 km) southeast of Montgomery, on the south bank of the Kanawha River at the mouth of Armstrong Creek.[4] Mount Carbon has a post office with ZIP code 25139.[5] As of the 2010 census, its population was 428.[2]


Mount Carbon was named for nearby coal deposits, a carbon-based fuel.[6]

Archaeological History[edit]

Mount Carbon has a rich archaeological history. In the early 20th century, Indian skeletons were found under the railroad tracks. Ancient tools and weapons were found near there, as well. On the mountain above the town, there was a discovery of a man-made wall stretching for about 10 miles, 2 wells, and grave sites, possibly relating to the Adena culture that inhabited the region from 250-100 BCE.