Benwood, West Virginia (WV), in Marshall County, on the Ohio River, was originally chartered in 1853 and so-named for “Ben’s Woods,” the local forest owned by Benjamin McMechen. The neighboring city of McMechen, WV, is named after William McMechen and his family, who were among the earliest settlers in this area.
Lodging near Benwood, West Virginia
A mine explosion in 1924 claimed the lives of 119 coal miners and was the third worst mine disaster in West Virginia history. The majority of miners killed were recent immigrants from Greece, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Hungary, and Lithuania. The city today retains an atmosphere of diverse ethnicity.
Parks & Public Recreation
The following parks and public recreation areas are located within a 20 miles of
- Wheeling Park
- Oglebay Park
- Grand Vue Park
- Burches Run Wildlife Management Area
- Bear Rock Lakes Wildlife Management Area
Photos of Benwood & Vicinity
Map of Benwood, West Virginia
The city is located in the Northern Panhandle Region of northern West Virginia.