Mabscott, West Virginia

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Historical stone buildings line Main Street in Mabscott, W.Va., at the Beckley Overpass. (Photo Sibray / WVExplorer)

Mabscott, WV (West Virginia), a chiefly-residential community of some 1,000 inhabitants, adjoins the larger City of Beckley, West Virginia, in Raleigh County in southern West Virginia. The town was incorporated in 1906 and named by coal operator Cyrus H. Scott for his wife, Mabel Shinn Scott, of Shinnston, West Virginia.

Until the 1950s, the town was an industrial and railway shipping center on an essential branch of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway. It followed Piney and Whitestick creeks from the New River valley toward the Paint Creek, Coal River, and Guyandotte River valleys. The town is adjacent to the city of on the southwest. It boasted its highest population in 1980, with 1,668 residents. Today, it is best known as a residential community convenient to the larger city of Beckley, population 17,286.


Mabscott is located near the geographic center of southern West Virginia at 37° 46′ 10″ N 81° 12′ 37″ W. (Google coordinates 37.769581, -81.210139). The town bounds 0.87 square miles on the watershed of Whitestick Creek, a tributary of the Piney Creek of the New River.

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On the WV-16 Coalfields Expressway at I-77 and I-64, Mabcott adjoins Beckley, West Virginia, on the southeast. It is located 1.5 miles north of MacArthur, West Virginia, and three miles north of Crab Orchard, West Virginia.

Mabscott Government

Mabscott is served by a town council government with a mayor and council. Its members are elected every four years. The town employs a small police force. Public education is provided by a school district.

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Regional Information

Mabscott is located in the New River Gorge Region in southern West Virginia.