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Peytona, West Virginia
Unincorporated community
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Boone
Elevation 702 ft (214 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 25154
Area code(s) 304 & 681
GNIS feature ID 1555337

Peytona is an unincorporated community in Boone County, West Virginia, United States. Peytona is located on the Big Coal River and West Virginia Route 3 9 miles (14 km) northeast of Madison. Peytona has a post office with ZIP code 25154.

History

As early as 1000 CE, Native Americans inhabited present-day Peytona. In 1742, John Peter Salley discovered coal while on an expedition in the vicinity. Peytona was named for William Madison Peyton, who promoted coal mining and navigation on Coal River. Peyton served as chief engineer for the Coal River Navigation Company, which locked and dammed the river during the 1840s. As a result, steamboats could navigate the Coal River and transport coal to larger markets. Peyton was instrumental in the formation of Boone County, organized in 1847 from Kanawha, Cabell, and Logan counties. In 1906, Madison was named the county seat. Madison was named for Peyton.

Recreation

Peytona is home of Drawdy Falls Park.


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