Beards Fork, West Virginia

Infobox Settlement
name = Beards Fork, West Virginia
settlement_type = Unincorporated community
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subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = United States
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_name1 = West Virginia
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Fayette

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population_as_of = 2000
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timezone = Eastern (EST)
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
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elevation_footnotes = Gnis|1553820|Beards Fork, West Virginia. Retrieved on 2008-08-10.]
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latd = 38 |latm = 03 |lats = 49 |latNS = N
longd = 81 |longm = 13 |longs = 38 |longEW = W

postal_code_type = ZIP code
postal_code = 25173
area_code = 304
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 54-54109
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blank1_info = 1553820
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footnotes = [ [http://www.zipinfo.com/cgi-local/zipsrch.exe?cnty=cnty&ac=ac&zip=Beards+Fork+WV&Go=Go Beards Fork WV] . Zip Code Lookup. Retrieved on 2008-08-10.]

Beards Fork is an unincorporated village in Fayette County, West Virginia, United States that was founded as a coal mining company town.

Geography

Beards Fork is located at coor dms|38|03|49|N|81|13|38|W|type:city (38.063720, -81.227329). Its elevation is 1,253 feet (382 m).

Beards Fork is situated between two mountain ridges in central Fayette County, and is closest to the unincorporated town of Robson. The Post Office in Robson handles the mail for Beards Fork.

History

Historically, Beards Fork has been the location of coal mining, and at one point, the longest building in the world under one roof was located in Beards Fork- a coal tipple that spanned the valley; it was convert|5555|ft|m in length.Fact|date=August 2008 Today, there is no mining, but logging persists; a flood in 2001 was exacerbated by the rupture of an illegal dam formed by logging remnants.

Transportation

Beards Fork is served by WV 61 via Beards Fork Road, a paved one-lane road maintained by the state; a creek runs parallel to the road throughout most of the inhabited portion of the valley (known locally as a 'hollow' or 'holler').

Economy

The only entity of any kind to have offices in Beards Fork is the Southern Appalachian Labor School's Community Center, a non-profit organization that primarily provides housing services and children's programs to area residents.

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