Charleston, West Virginia's capital city, was founded in 1794 under its original name, Charles Town, after the father of  founder Colonel George Clendenin. In 1818, the name was officially shortened to Charleston. It is located along the Kanawha River, a tributary of the Ohio, making its waters an optimal shipping route for transport of goods and raw materials as well as a natural source for hydroelectric energy. There are several historically noteworthy Charlestonians, among them civil rights activist and author Booker T. Washington, James Craik (grandson of George Washington's personal physician), and attorney-turned-Civil War soldier George Smith Patton, who was the great grandfather of famed World War II strategist General George S. Patton.

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 Nickname(s):  Charlie West, Capital City
County:  Kanawha
Population: City 51,018 (2012)
  Metro 240,000 (2013)
Area: City 32.66 sq mi
  Land 31.52 sq mi
  Water 1.14 sq mi
 Climate: Humid Temperate



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What is it about CHARLESTON that sets it apart and embraces you like an old friend?

Perhaps it's the unique blend of time-honored tradition and cultural flair you'll find here, along with a fierce pride in our state and its people, known far and wide for their warm hospitality and can-do spirit. Or perhaps it might be the land itself, with a rich, deep history steeped in struggle, determination, and triumph. Whatever the reason, and whatever brings you to our city, rest assured we're glad you're here and hope you enjoy the one-of-a-kind experience that is Charleston, West Virginia.


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