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Switchback, West Virginia

Coordinates: 37°22′16″N 81°23′8″W / 37.37111°N 81.38556°W / 37.37111; -81.38556
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James Ellwood Jones House
Switchback is located in West Virginia
Location within the state of West Virginia
Switchback is located in the United States
Switchback (the United States)
Coordinates: 37°22′16″N 81°23′8″W / 37.37111°N 81.38556°W / 37.37111; -81.38556
CountryUnited States
StateWest Virginia
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
GNIS feature ID1555770[1]

Switchback is an unincorporated community in McDowell County, West Virginia, United States. Switchback had its own high school in operation from 1923 to 1953.

The community's name most likely refers to the shape of nearby railroad tracks.[2] The James Ellwood Jones House and Pocahontas Fuel Company Store were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.[3]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Switchback, West Virginia
  2. ^ 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. 616.
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.

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