CITY OF COVINGTON - VIRGINIA
North, 79.99027 West
Zip codes: 24426
Land area: 11.49
sq. kms. (4.44 sq miles or 2839 acres)
(4.44 sq miles or 2839 acres)
Water area: 0 sq.kms.
North, 80.00735 West
Zip codes: 24426
Land area: 70.848
Water area: 0.028 sq.kms.
Non-populated areas: Edgemont, Fairlawn, Idlewilde, Parrish Court, Rayon Terrace and Rivermont
With an elevation
of 1245 ft, Covington, Virginia is the City and County seat of Alleghany
County, West Central Virginia, 35 miles North of Roanoke in the Alleghenies,
141 miles West by North of Richmond and 55 miles North West by West of
Lynchburg, in Jackson River Valley, West of Lexington and East of Beckley on
U.S. Route 60.
The site was first
settled in 1746 and a later settlement, Merry's
Store, grew around Fort Young. Laid out in 1819 and named after Peter
Covington, the town's oldest inhabitant, it was incorporated as a town in 1873
and as a city in 1952. Covington continues to be politically independent and
governed by a manager and council. By 1970 the population stood at 10,060.
The city serves as
the western approach to the Shenandoah Valley, hemmed in by Warm Springs, Sweet
Springs and Lick Mountains.
Other points of
interest include The Alleghany Central Scenic Railway and Fort Young, a copy of
the original built in 1754, taken from Col. George Washington's original plans.
The Roaring Run Waterfall
and Spa at Sweet Chalybeate, which is open to public in summer for swimming,
are both worth a visit as is the Humpback Bridge, West on US 60. It is an
unusual covered bridge, built by pioneers in 1835 and made of hand-hewn oak
held together by locust pins and is the only one of its type in the U.S.
Falling Spring, a
200 ft cascading waterfall into a gorge was referred to by Thomas Jefferson for
its scenic beauty in his Notes on Virginia, A plaque nearby refers to Indian
War figure, Mad Ann Bailey, a frontier woman adept at shooting, riding &
A visitor would
also enjoy Moomaw Lake, 12 miles long with 100 mile of coastline of towering mountains and The James River
Ranger District office of the George Washington National Forest.
are The Holiday Inn, Pinehurst, Town House.
Main local trades
include Paper, rayon textiles, furniture, flour, coal, iron & limestone,
film, chemicals and production of bleached board.
First Virginia Bank
at Highlands appear in The Million Dollar directory as one of America's Top
50,000 leading private & public companies in 1988. Other large businesses
to be found locally are Covington Motor Co. Inc., 603 S.Monroe St. and Covington Tire Co. Inc. 1015 S.Monroe Ave.,
Addresses worth contacting for further local information are:
The Archives Dept,
Room E400 State of West Virginia Library, Charleston 25305.
Collection, University of West Virginia, Morganstown
Highlands Chamber of Commerce, 241 West Main St, Covington 24426.
BRIDGE - COVINGTON
"Covered Bridges in Virginia"
Grandaddy of the covered bridges can
be found west of Covington as part of the Kanawha Turnpike in Alleghany County.
One of three humpback bridges said to have been built within a mile, it
received its name from its location and its rise of eight feet from the
bridge's ends to its centre
The 100 ft long,
single-span structure carried traffic for nearly 400 years before being
abandoned in 1929. For nearly a quarter of a century, it stood derelict near
its then-modern successor
Since 1954, it has
been maintained as part of a five-acre highway wayside three
miles west of Covington on US 60. The Business and Professional Women's
Club of Covington and the Covington Chamber of Commerce were active in securing
donations to help restore the old structure and to preserve it as part of
Alleghany County's history Today it is the nation's only surviving curved-span
The bridge can be
reached from Interstate 64 by taking ramps to US 60 at the Callaghan
interchange, then traveling east on US 60 about a half-mile, or by taking US 60
west from Covington."
The Covington Mill is one of the most technologically advanced bleached paperboard manufacturing facilities in the world. The mill stretches 1.5 miles along the Jackson River and employs about 1,500 people. It produces more than 2,500 tons of bleached paper and paperboard each day and exports its products to more than 60 countries.
manufactures paperboard used for premium folding cartons, for aseptic and other
liquid packaging and for printing applications that include books, greeting
cards and sports cards.
employees, the Carbon Department manufactures activated carbon for use in
environmental control applications and industrial purification processes. The
facility supplies a major share of the world' requirements for carbon used to
clean automotive emissions. Activated carbon is also used to purify foods,
chemicals and pharmaceuticals and as catalysts for other industrial uses.
One of Westvaco's
three research centers is located in Covington. The
work of this laboratory, staffed by nearly 50 scientists and support personal,
covers research and development for papermaking, converting and new products.
The Low Moor
converting and services facility processes approximately 25% of the Covington
Mill's output of bleached paperboard through one or more of its three distinct
and separate operations: extrusion coating, sheeting, and custom rewinding.
Approximately 180 employees work at this advanced converting operation, located
eight miles east of the Covington Mill.
In this view of
the Covington Mill, the blue buildings highlight Westvaco's $1 billion
investment in Covington since 1983.