Bramwell, West Virginia Historical Marker
Bramwell in the early 1900s. The Pocahontas coalfields led to the growth of Bramwell as the region's natural resources supported jobs for tens of thousands of miners.
Bramwell High and Graded Schools
This historical marker is about a mile south of the center of Bramwell at the intersection of Coopers Road and Pocahontas Road.
Backstory and Context
Joseph H. Bramwell created the Bramwell Bank, known today as the Historic Bank of Bramwell. With the arrival of wealthy investors and creation of several banks, the city of Bramwell soon became the financial center of southern West Virginia. Bramwell's bank is believed to have the largest sum or money compared to the overall population of in the history of the United States. As Bramwell's population rose to four thousand, Victorian mansions were constructed on hilltops overlooking the river.
Bramwell is famous for having the largest number of millionaires per capita of any town in America in the late 1800s. At its peak, Bramwell had as many as fourteen millionaires living in the city. The Pocahontas coalfields led to the creation of jobs for tens of thousands of miners. Immigrants and African American miners worked alongside native-born whites with some degree of cooperation as well as racial conflict.
"Bramwell: Town of the Millionaires." Mercer County WV. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Feb. 2017.
"THE HISTORY OF BRAMWELL,WV ,." THE HISTORY OF BRAMWELL,WV ,. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Feb. 2017.