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Cannelton, West Virginia
Cannelton, West Virginia is located in West Virginia
Cannelton, West Virginia
Cannelton, West Virginia
Location in West Virginia
Cannelton, West Virginia is located in the United States
Cannelton, West Virginia
Cannelton, West Virginia
Location in the United States
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Fayette
Elevation
679 ft (207 m)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
25036
Area code(s) 304 & 681
GNIS feature ID 1537004

Cannelton is an unincorporated community in Fayette County, West Virginia, United States. Cannelton is 1 mile (1.6 km) northeast of Smithers, along Smithers Creek. Cannelton has a post office with ZIP code 25036. The community was named for the deposits of cannel coal in the area.

Cannelton was established in 1849. Cannel coal was discovered in 1848. Ben Burdette, who was working on Col. Aaron Stockton lumber enterprise on the mountain, discovered cannel coal. Cannel coal was discovered to have a very high oil content and that made it very valuable. Col. Aaron Stockton started mining cannel coal and shipping it on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. It was the first established town in Montgomery-Smithers vicinity. The first post office was established in 1876.

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