Deep Water, West Virginia

Deep Water, also known historically as Deepwater,[3] is a census-designated place on the Kanawha River in Fayette County, West Virginia, United States. As of the 2010 census, its population was 280.[2] It is best known as the starting point of the Deepwater Railway founded in 1898 by William N. Page, which was merged to create the Virginian Railway in 1907.

Deep Water, West Virginia
Virginian Railway bridge in Deepwater
Virginian Railway bridge in Deepwater
Deep Water is located in West Virginia
Deep Water
Deep Water
Location within the state of West Virginia
Deep Water is located in the United States
Deep Water
Deep Water
Deep Water (the United States)
Coordinates: 38°7′36″N 81°15′49″W / 38.12667°N 81.26361°W / 38.12667; -81.26361Coordinates: 38°7′36″N 81°15′49″W / 38.12667°N 81.26361°W / 38.12667; -81.26361
CountryUnited States
StateWest Virginia
 • Total0.993 sq mi (2.57 km2)
 • Land0.882 sq mi (2.28 km2)
 • Water0.111 sq mi (0.29 km2)
 • Total280
 • Density280/sq mi (110/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
GNIS feature ID1554279[3]

Located near the head of navigation of the Kanawha River just a short distance downstream from Kanawha Falls, it may have been named for that reason.[4] However, according to local legend as recounted by H. Reid in The Virginian Railway (Kalmbach, 1961), it was named by Squire James Galsepy Kincaid and other locals on a rainy day in 1871 as a commentary on the standing groundwater outside the new post office along Loup Creek.


  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  3. ^ a b Geographic Names Information System. "Geographic Names Information System entry for Deep Water (Feature ID #1554279)". Retrieved 2007-03-09.
  4. ^ Kenny, Hamill (1945). West Virginia Place Names: Their Origin and Meaning, Including the Nomenclature of the Streams and Mountains. Piedmont, WV: The Place Name Press. p. 204.