Clendenin, West Virginia

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Clendenin is a town in Kanawha County, West Virginia along the Elk River. The population was 1,116 at the 2000 census. Clendenin was incorporated in 1904 and named for the Clendenins, an early pioneer family in the Kanawha River Valley. Charleston, WV retains the namesake of George Clendenin's father, Charles Clendenin. George Clendenin owned a large portion of present-day Charleston and settled at the confluence of the Elk and Kanawha rivers with several other families.

The first petrochemical plant in the world was built in Clendenin in 1920. This plant was the original Union Carbide Corporation facility. Other chief economic staples included (and to some extent still include) timber, coal, gas, oil, and salt.

In the 1960s, the hillside on the south side of town featured a sign reading, "Clendenin's Beauty is Everyone's Duty".

The current mayor of Clendenin is Mayor Robert Ore. Town elections (including the office of mayor and city council) occur every two years. Recent efforts have been made by the Business and Industrial Development Corporation (headquartered in Charleston) to enhance economic and cultural development in the town.


Notable natives

  • Billy Joe Mantooth -1970 All American at Ferrum College, transferred to West Virginia University in 1971, Also played in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles and Houston Oilers.
  • Dave Stephenson -Played in the NFL for the Los Angeles Rams and Green Bay Packers.


Clendenin is located at 38°29′19″N 81°20′56″W / 38.48861°N 81.34889°W / 38.48861; -81.34889 (38.488638, -81.348812)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.6 km² (1.4 mi²). 3.4 km² (1.3 mi²) of it is land and 0.2 km² (0.1 mi²) of it (4.32%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,116 people, 475 households, and 326 families residing in the town. The population density was 324.0/km² (838.8/mi²). There were 525 housing units at an average density of 152.4/km² (394.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.01% White, 0.09% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.09% Asian, and 0.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.18% of the population.

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