Fairmont (West Virginia)

Fairmont, nicknamed the "Friendly City", is a city of 19,097 people (as of 2000) in West Virginia. It was established in 1820 as Middletown, and changed in 1843 to Fairmont, short for "Fair Mountain". Mary Lou Retton a gold-medalist gymnast in the 1984 Olympics, who was highly popular around the country and particularly in West Virginia is originally from Fairmont.

Fairmont is part of the High-Technology Corridor along I-79, home to companies such as Allegheny Energy, the FBI Identification Facility, and numerous software-oriented businesses.

Get in

Fairmont is located at the intersection of US-19, between Morgantown and Clarksburg, and US-250, between Wheeling and Elkins. It's also adjacent to I-79 (exits 132 through 139), which runs largely parallel to US-19 in the region.

See

  • Barrackville Covered Bridge, junction of WV-21 and US-250. A 148-foot single-lane historic covered bridge.

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Fairmont is the "Home of the Original Pepperoni Roll". If you want to get them fresh, rather than pre-wrapped in a convenience mart, your best bets are the traditional variety at the Country Club Bakery, or the giant variety at Colasessano's.

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Routes through Fairmont

Washington Morgantown  N  S  Bridgeport Charleston
Wheeling Moundsville  N  S  Grafton Staunton


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