Bramwell (West Virginia)

Bramwell is a town of 426 people (as of 2000) in the Bluefield micropolitan area of West Virginia. Incorporated in 1888, Bramwell became known as the "Home of Millionaires" because it contained more millionaires per capita around the turn of the 20th century (up to 13, mostly wealthy coal barons) than any other town in the US; today, their Victorian and Tudor style mansions can still be viewed. The town was named for New York civil engineer J. H. Bramwell, who became the town's first postmaster and president of the Bank of Bramwell, and incorporated in 1888. Bramwell was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

Get in

Bramwell is located just off US-52, between Bluefield and Welch.

Bramwell is also a stop on the Bluefield-Welch line of Bluefield Area Transit; buses pass by 5 times a day going in each direction.


  • The historic Bank of Bramwell building. Thanks to the nearby Pocahontas coalfields, the Bank of Bramwell was once the financial center of southern West Virginia and one of the wealthiest banks per capita in the United States, until its closure in 1933 during the Great Depression. The bank was so wealthy that money was transported by wheelbarrow in leather bags to the trains tation. Apparently, it even inspired a popular phrase in the 1920s: "solid as the Bank of Bramwell".
  • The 1904 Bramwell Presbyterian Church, WV-120 and Main Street, 304-248-8085.






Go next

Routes through Bramwell

Huntington Welch  N  S  Bluefield Winston-Salem

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