Weber City, Virginia

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Weber City is an incorporated town in Scott County, Virginia, United States. The population was 1,333 at the 2000 census. It is part of the KingsportBristol (TN)Bristol (VA) Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is a component of the Johnson City–Kingsport–Bristol, TN-VA Combined Statistical Area – commonly known as the "Tri-Cities" region.

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Unusual Name

Weber City is unique in how it received its name. There were no "Webers" living in the area of Weber City. The area was known as "Moccasin Gap" after the local gap U.S. 23 runs through. Local businessman Frank Parker Sr. heard the future name on the Amos & Andy radio show during a skit involving the upscale real estate development of Weber City. As a joke, Parker erected a sign outside his service station on U.S. 23 that read "Welcome to Weber City". However, when the town was incorporated in 1954, the area had become known locally as "Weber City" and, as such, the name was chosen for the new town. Weber City is one of very few towns that received its name from a radio program.

Geography

Weber City is located at 36°37′24″N 82°33′40″W / 36.62333°N 82.56111°W / 36.62333; -82.56111 (36.623284, -82.561039)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.1 square miles (3.0 km²), all of it land.

Weber City is located on the southern side of the Moccasin Gap, a natural break in the mountains caused by the Big Moccasin Creek, which was used by pioneers headed into Tennessee. To the south of Weber City, another gap leads into Tennessee. US 23 is the main road through Weber City and a primary North/South corridor for western Virginia.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,333 people, 605 households, and 382 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,170.5 people per square mile (451.5/km²). There were 689 housing units at an average density of 605.0/sq mi (233.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.35% White, 0.90% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.30% from other races, and 0.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.30% of the population.

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