Gauley Bridge, West Virginia

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Gauley Bridge is a town in Fayette County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 738 at the 2000 census. The Kanawha River is formed at Gauley Bridge by the confluence of the New and Gauley Rivers. Two miles to the southeast of Gauley Bridge, in Glen Ferris, West Virginia, is Kanawha Falls, a popular stopping point on Midland Trail Scenic Highway.

Gauley Bridge was close to the site of the Hawk's Nest incident, in which hundreds of lives were lost in the 1920s and 1930s.



Gauley Bridge is located at 38°10′04″N 81°11′49″W / 38.167815°N 81.197079°W / 38.167815; -81.197079 (38.167815, -81.197079).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.2 km2 (1.6 mi2). 4.2 km2 (1.6 mi2) of it is land and 0.1 km2 (0.04 mi2) of it (2.44%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 738 people, 325 households, and 205 families residing in the town. The population density was 177.0/km2 (458.6/mi2). There were 374 housing units at an average density of 89.7/km2 (232.4/mi2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.43% White, 0.68% African American, 0.68% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.36% of the population.

There were 325 households out of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.8% were married couples living together, 15.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.9% were non-families. 31.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.80.

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