DescriptionFairmont occupies the steep hills surrounding the Monongahela River, which divides the town into east and west sections. Originally two towns, Palatine and Middletown, Fairmont was incorporated in 1843. Ferries shuttled people and supplies across the river until 1852, when a suspension bridge unified the town.
During the 1850s railroad access encouraged the development of coal mines in the area. While coal continues to be a source of employment, today the town is on a high-tech corridor with a NASA software facility and a software consortium. Other Fairmont products include mine machinery and aluminum.
Fifteen miles south off SR 310, Valley Falls State Park features a series of waterfalls generated by the Tygart Valley River. The park's 1,145 acres are popular with anglers, picnickers and hikers; phone (304) 367-2719 or (800) 225-5982. Fairmont is the northern end of the scenic section of US 250, which runs 73 miles to Huttonsville and continues as US 219 to Lewisburg.
Things to SeePrickett's Fort State Park