Teays, West Virginia

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Teays
Unincorporated community
Teays is located in West Virginia
Teays
Teays
Location within the state of West Virginia
Teays is located in the US
Teays
Teays
Teays (the US)
Coordinates: 38°26′30″N 81°57′10″W / 38.44167°N 81.95278°W / 38.44167; -81.95278Coordinates: 38°26′30″N 81°57′10″W / 38.44167°N 81.95278°W / 38.44167; -81.95278
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Putnam
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 25569

Teays, written Seays until about 1884, is an unincorporated community in Putnam County, West Virginia, USA. The town is centered on the former general store / post office on Teays Lane, which sits across from the site of the Teays, WV railroad depot which was demolished in the mid-1900s.

Teays is a namesake and part of the census-designated place of Teays Valley, which was in turn named for Thomas Teays, a hunter and trapper who once spent a considerable amount of time in the vicinity.[1]

Geologist William G. Tight (1865–1910) named the preglacial Teays River after Teays, which lies in the "riverless" Teays Valley that used to be the bottom of the river.[2]

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  1. ^ 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. 621. 
  2. ^ Sullivan, Walter (1983-11-29). "A Great Lost River Gets Its Due". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 2009-05-19. [William G. Tight] called it the Teays (pronounced taze) River, for a village in West Virginia.