Winifrede, West Virginia

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Winifrede, West Virginia
Unincorporated community
Winifrede, West Virginia is located in West Virginia
Winifrede, West Virginia
Winifrede, West Virginia
Coordinates: 38°11′29″N 81°33′24″W / 38.19139°N 81.55667°W / 38.19139; -81.55667Coordinates: 38°11′29″N 81°33′24″W / 38.19139°N 81.55667°W / 38.19139; -81.55667
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Kanawha
Elevation 705 ft (215 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 25214
Area code(s) 304 & 681
GNIS feature ID 1549250[1]

Winifrede is an unincorporated community in Kanawha County, West Virginia, United States. Winifrede is 2.5 miles (4.0 km) southwest of Chesapeake. Winifrede has a post office with ZIP code 25214.[2] It is home of the Big Eagle Railroad (formerly known as Winifrede Mining and Manufacturing Company, Winifrede Collieries, and Winifrede Railroad), one of the oldest short-line railroad operations in the United States, having been in existence since 1850.[3] The Winifrede Railroad was incorporated in November 1881 and opened in 1882; the original operation was closed in 1988 and reopened as the Big Eagle Railroad in 2000-01.

According to tradition, the community was named after a woman in Philadelphia.[4]