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Bramwell

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Bramwell is a town in Mercer County, West Virginia, United States, along the Bluestone River. The population was 364 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Bluefield, WV-VA micropolitan area which has a population of 107,578.GeographyBramwell is located at .According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.59sqmi, of which 0.56sqmi is land and 0.03sqmi is water.Bramwell is located just.3 miles from an access point to the Pocohontas Trail system, a component of the Hatfield-McCoy trails. The Hatfield-McCoy trails include over 700 miles of primitive roads typically utilized by dirt bikes and All-Terrain Vehicles . These trails are managed by the Hatfield-McCoy Regional Trail Authority.HistoryIn the 1880s the region around Bramwell began to rapidly grow as a coal mining center with several coal camps operating in the area. The town of Bramwell was officially established in 1888, and was named after J.H. Bramwell, a civil engineer. In the late 1800s the town acquired some notoriety for having the largest number of millionaires per capita in the United States. Numerous large homes were built in the town by wealthy coal operators.On January 7, 1910, part of the downtown area was destroyed by a major fire. Twenty-one buildings were burned to the ground. In 1984, the town was named to the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Many of the houses are early 20th century in design. There is a museum largely devoted to the local coal and train history of the area.
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