Benwood, West Virginia

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Benwood, WV (West Virginia), in Marshall County, on the , 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.

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Benwood Disaster

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

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The city is located approximately three miles south of Wheeling, West Virginia, and three miles north of McMechen, West Virginia.

Map of Benwood, West Virginia

Regional Information

The city is located in the Northern Panhandle Region of northern West Virginia.