Pluto, West Virginia

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Pluto
Unincorporated community
Postmark from Pluto, West Virginia
Postmark from Pluto, West Virginia
Pluto is located in West Virginia
Pluto
Pluto
Location within the state of West Virginia
Pluto is located in the US
Pluto
Pluto
Pluto (the US)
Coordinates: 37°42′37″N 80°59′32″W / 37.71028°N 80.99222°W / 37.71028; -80.99222Coordinates: 37°42′37″N 80°59′32″W / 37.71028°N 80.99222°W / 37.71028; -80.99222
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Raleigh
Elevation 846 ft (258 m)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
GNIS ID 1549878[1]

Pluto is an unincorporated community located in Raleigh County, West Virginia, located at latitude 37.71 and longitude 80.992. The elevation is 2,589 feet.[2]

History[edit]

The community was named after Pluto from Greek mythology.[3]

A community landmark is the Pluto Missionary Baptist Church,[4] known as the Old Log Church. According to a 1971 column by Shirley Donnelly, the church was established in 1893 on land donated by Jim Meador. The logs from Mr. Meador’s property were sawed and hewn by Jesse Harris. The pulpit in the new church was crafted by Gus Samples, local carpenter and joiner.

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Pluto, West Virginia
  2. ^ http://westvirginia.hometownlocator.com/wv/raleigh/pluto.cfm Accessed 30 Aug 2009.
  3. ^ 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. 494.
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Pluto Baptist Church