New from Arcadia Publishing is Bluefield, Virginia, by local authors Louise Leslie and Dr. Terry Mullins. Boasting more than 200 vintage photographs, Bluefield, Virginia offers a fascinating look at the local personalities, buildings and landmarks that have made this community what it is today.
In its long, illustrious history, the town of Bluefield has had four distinctive names. The small agricultural community began as Pin Hook then became Harman in honor of a local Civil War hero E. H. Harman. With the arrival of the railroad the town was first incorporated under the name of Graham in 1884 in honor of the Philadelphia engineer and promoter Col. Thomas Graham. Finally the town was redubbed Bluefield in 1924 to coincide with its neighbor across the state line. The name Bluefield comes from the fields of blue chicory that are common to this region of the two Virginias.
Highlights of Bluefield, Virginia:
• Bluefield is truly Virginia’s tallest town - the town’s elevation is officially 2,389 feet, with East River Mountain reaching 3,700 feet at the town’s southern limit
• The book reveals some never-before-seen photographs of Bluefield and easternmost Tazewell County
• Early views of Graham’s Main Street, now Virginia Avenue, are included
• The new title follows the evolution of the Bluefield area businesses and other institutions, including historic churches
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