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Mercer County, West Virginia


Nature's Air Conditioned City

Page Contents for Bluefield, West Virginia

Statistics & Facts


History & History-related items

City Attractions


Historical Events

Chamber of Commerce.

Community news

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.




Statistics & Facts

The West Virginia state capital is Charleston.
The population of Bluefield is approximately 12,756 (1990), 10447 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 6,007 (1990), 4643 (2010).
The amount of land area in Bluefield is 21.821 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Bluefield to Washington DC is 263 miles.
The distance to the West Virginia state capital is 78 miles. (as the crow flies)
Bluefield is positioned 37.26 degrees north of the equator and 81.21 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Bluefield elevation is 2,560 feet above sea level.
The city bird is the Bluebird.


in southern West Virginia
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History & History Related Items

Bluefield was the regional headquarters of the Norfolk & Western Railway. It was named for the many chicory flowers which grew wild along the hillsides and roads. Many industries were found in Bluefield, including that of coal mining. Bluefield, Virginia just over the border in Virginia is the sister city of Bluefield, West Virginia. It is southwest of town on the other side of the East River Mountain.
The Bluefield Arts and Crafts Center is now using the original municipal building, which was built in 1924. Not only crafts, but also performing arts and visual arts are seen here.
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The founding of Bluefield



There is a Mountain Festival held every Memorial Day weekend with entertainment, auctions, antique car show, crafts, sporting events and a carnival.

Bluefield is part of the Coal Heritage Trail which weaves its way through over 500 "coal towns."

Eastern Regional Coal Archives
600 Commerce St.
Phone: 304-325-3943
Coal mining memorabilia with exhibits, photographs, equipment, films, and more.
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Bluefield City Government

Bluefield City Hall
200 Rogers St
Bluefield, WV 24701-2856
Phone: 304-327-2401

Bluefield Historical Events

WV AA State football champs
Bluefield High School
Home of the Bluefield Beavers
Defeated Grafton Bearcats 42 - 13 in state title game
Record 14 - 0
7th State football title in modern day athletics
1 AA
AA State basketball champs

Bluefield Chamber

Chamber Of Commerce
619 Bland St
Bluefield, WV 24701-3025
Phone: 304-327-7184

Bluefield Community News

28 Feb 2006
The Over the Summit Art Center will be opening soon. The gallery in the third floor art center will have it's grand opening March 20, 2006 at 5:30 featuring the Mercer County Schools Art Students. (K-12) Sponored in part by the Easy-to-use Big Book. Over 800 pieces of student art work will be displayed. For more info and a schedule of classes and exhibits, call 304-325-8855 and speak with Gallery director, Mark Davis.

Bluefield Organizations

Chamber Of Commerce
619 Bland St
Bluefield, WV 24701-3025
Phone: 304-327-7184

Bluefield Libraries

Craft Memorial Library
600 Commerce St
Bluefield, WV 24701-3107
Phone: 304-325-3943

Bluefield Schools

Bluefield High School
535 W Cumberland Rd
Bluefield, WV 24701-4654
Phone: 304-325-9116


Bluefield State College
219 Rock Street
Bluefield, WV 24701
Phone: 304-327-4000
Fax: 304-325-7747
12 nationally accredited programs of study Bluefield


The city motto, Nature's Air-Conditioned City, is due to the mild climate that produces comfortable summer temperatures. This is mainly due to the unique shape of the mountains that surround the city. When the temperature reaches 90 degrees F or higher, the Chamber of Commerce hands out lemonade to the city (at the bank, post office, grocery store, etc.)

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