Beckley Information

Overview

Beckley is a city in Raleigh County, West Virginia that had a population that was estimated to be 17, 614 by the Beckley City Census in 2010.* The city was founded in April 4, 1838 by Alfred Beckley, and is so named in honor of his father, John James Beckley. He was the first Clerk of the House of Representatives and the first Librarian of Congress. Beckley used to be known as Beckleyville and Raleigh Court House.

Beckley is the largest city in Southern West Virginia and has seen and continues to experience rapid growth, due to progressing and developing businesses. Tourism, technology and transportation are industries that thrive in the city of Beckley. The city prides itself in the low crime rate; in fact, the whole of West Virginia has enjoyed its status of having the lowest national crime rate for half a century.**

The city is home to numerous West Virginian cultural places of interest – major shopping centers, museums, galleries and festivals draw tourists and locals alike. Beckley is the ideal vacation destination for families.

Getting There

Via Land Transportation

Bus: The Greyhound Bus Lines terminal is located at 105 3rd Avenue, Beckley, WV 25801, with telephone number (304) 253-8333.

Private Vehicle: Beckley City is situated at the southern point of I-77, the West Virginia turnpike.

Train: The Amtrak train station is found at WV-41 N by Depot Road in Prince, with telephone number (304) 253-6651.

Via Air

Beckley is served by the Raleigh County Memorial Airport which is located at 177 Airport Circle

Beaver, WV 25813-9760, with telephone number (304) 255-0476. It is within five minutes of three major intersecting highways, N/S Interstate 77, E/W Interstate 64 and US 19.

Getting Around

The whole city of Beckley is easily accessible by land transportation.

Things to See and Do

Theatre West Virginia – features a professional touring and historical outdoor drama theatre company which holds its performances in an amphitheatre.

Uptown Beckley – features numerous events throughout the year and includes the brick-paved Main Street where tourists can find shops, galleries, restaurants, etc.

Coal Heritage Trail – Beckley is located on the northern tip of the Coal Heritage Trail that winds through mountains and valleys that highlight America’s incredible industrial heritage.

Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine – From April 1 to November 1 each year, veteran miners serve as guides and give visitors a tour, 1500 underground in authentic mining cars.

Winterplace Ski Resort – a retreat for snow sports lovers – skiing, snow tubing and snowboarding as well as dining and entertainment can be found here.

Eat, Drink and Shop

The Lost Parrot Beach Bar and Grill – features great food and drinks in a hospitable, fun environment capped with friendly service. Live music late at night is a plus.

Rio Grande – serves Mexican food that is described by locals as fresh, hot and delicious. The service is friendly and prompt and the price is reasonable.

Hibachi Japanese Steak House – offers the usual Japanese steak house fare: steak, shrimp, chicken, lobster, scallops, sushi, etc. Diners love the chefs that put on a show as they cook everything in front of customers.

The Char – serves steaks, chops, seafood and traditional Italian dishes.

Those who seek retail therapy should check out the specialty shops at Cranberry Station as well as the Crossroads Mall and Raleigh Mall.

Accommodations

There are a variety of lodgings available for travelers of all kinds. From reasonably-priced inns, to B&Bs to the high class resort, there is something to suit your budget.

Sources:
* http://www.cubitplanning.com/city/29247-beckley-city-census-2010-population
** http://www.beckley.org/