Charleston

Population

2010: 51,400, #1 in West Virginia

1950: 73,501

2010 Metropolitan Area: 304,284, #154 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 322,072, #59 in U.S.

Setting

Charleston, located at the confluence of the Elk and Kanawha rivers, had its first permanent settlement in 1788.

Buildings

Tallest office building: Kanawha Valley Building, 256 feet (1929)

List of tallest buildings

The domed State Capitol (1931) is 292 feet tall.

Stores

The Charleston Town Center, an enclosed mall built in 1983, has Macy’s and JC Penney department stores.

Trains

Amtrak’s Cardinal goes through Charleston three times a week in each direction, west to Cincinnati and Chicago, and east to Washington, D.C., and New York City. Amtrak uses the old Chesapeake and Ohio Depot (1905), across the Kanawha River from downtown.



Downtown Charleston and Kanawha River

Museums

The West Virginia State Museum and the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences are in the downtown area.

Theaters

The Park Place Stadium Cinema shows first-run movies. The theater at the Clay Center (2003) hosts the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, touring Broadway shows, and a variety of other concerts. The Charleston Stage Company is also downtown.

Sports

The West Virginia Power, Single-A South Atlantic League affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, play at Appalachian Power Park (2005). The Charleston Civic Center Coliseum (1980) hosts sporting events and concerts.

Map of Downtown Charleston

Convention and Visitors Bureau