Shady Spring, West Virginia

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Shady Spring is a census-designated place (CDP) in Raleigh County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 2,078 at the 2000 census. It is a family oriented community, with a very low crime rate.

Shady Spring is an area of development for new housing communities. It is close to the Resort at Glade Springs, Flat Top Lake, Winterplace Ski Resort, and the city of Beckley.

Due to its growing size, the county school board upgraded its middle and high schools to deal with the increased student volume.



Shady Spring is located at 37°42′13″N 81°5′27″W / 37.70361°N 81.09083°W / 37.70361; -81.09083 (37.703737, -81.090907)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.3 square miles (16.4 km²), of which, 6.3 square miles (16.4 km²) of it is land and 0.16% is water.

Origin of the name

The community takes its name from a spring. “The ‘Shady Spring’ was an enduring landmark, never known to ‘run dry’ and served as a focal point for the community, especially for the women, many of whom would come bearing washtubs…,” according to “A History of Shady Spring District." The first business in Shady was the Pioneer Inn and Tavern, established in 1832 by Henry Hull and his brothers. The first official post office was established on Aug. 25, 1925, and the first postmistress was Mrs. Sarah Willis.[4]

General Rutherford B. Hayes, future President of the United States, was in the area during the Civil War. He “described the spring in 1862: ‘A large spring gives the name to this place. The water gushes out copiously, runs on the surface a few rods and runs again into the earth,” according to “Raleigh County: West Virginia” by Jim Wood.[5]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,078 people, 869 households, and 636 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 327.6 people per square mile (126.5/km²). There were 942 housing units at an average density of 148.5/sq mi (57.4/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 99.52% White, 0.05% Asian, 0.10% from other races, and 0.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.58% of the population.

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