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The West Virginia state capital is Charleston.
The population of Talcott is approximately 511 (2000).
The distance from Talcott to Washington DC is 225 miles.
The distance to the West Virginia state capital is 73 miles. (as the crow flies)
Talcott is positioned 37.65 degrees north of the equator and 80.74 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Talcott elevation is 1,513 feet above sea level.


in southern West Virginia. Nearby communities include Hinton, Pence Springs, Wayside, Alderson, and Forest Hill.
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History & History Related Items

Historical narrative about Talcott through interviews by Ginna Allison

It is said that the Big Bend Tunnel is the location of the famous face between a steam-powered drill and the legendary John Henry. Most evidence points to the event as actually happening. John Henry did race the machine and won during the 1870's.
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John Henry, the Steel Drivin' Man is from this area.

John Henry Days Festival
P.O. Box 353
Talcott, WV 24981-0353
Phone: (304) 466-2449 or 466-3640.
Held at the entrance of the Great Bend Tunnel. This celebration is in honor of the legendary steel drivin' man, John Henry, held each July. Flea market & craft sale, gospel/country music, John Henry memorabilia, food & fun!

Talcott is pronounced TOHL kut.

Big Bend Tunnel and John Henry Statue
Standing at a small overlook on W.Va. 3 near Talcott is a statue commemorating John Henry, the "Steel-Driving " man. As legend has it, John Henry died after competing with a steam-powered drill in an attempt to prove that he could work faster than a machine. Visitors may glimpse at the twin Chesapeake and Ohio railroad tunnels, 6,500 feet long, where Henry is said to have worked in 1873.
Pictures of the Great Bend Tunnel, the Big Bend Tunnel and a monument to John Henry atop that mountain where the tunnels are located
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Talcott is located in the Eastern Time Zone and does participate in Daylight Savings Time. The area code for Talcott is 304 (as of 2-2003)

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