Henlawson, WV

Henlawson, Logan County, WV

Henlawson is rumored to have been named for the Henderson and Lawson family Henry Lawson (see comment) who owned lots of land in the area. The Henlawson post office was established May 24, 1910. Merrill Coal Mines opened its Merrill Mine here in 1921 and built approximately 84 homes to house its miners. Its company store was also located here.

Henlawson, WV Bridge

Old Henlawson Bridge
A new replacement bridge will be completed 2014.

“The Henlawson Thru Truss Bridge was constructed in 1925 in Fayette County (over the Gauley River) with trusses fabricated by Vincennes Bridge Company of Vincennes, Indiana and built by Standard Engineering and Contracting Company of Toledo, Ohio. The trusses were dismantled and moved to Henlawson in 1953. The bridge was completely renovated in 1985 by Turman Construction Company of Barboursville, WV. The bridge consists of five simple spans including a simple-span steel thru truss, two steel simple-span pony trusses, and two simple-span steel girder spans. Also, there is a 3’9” wide sidewalk on the upstream side of the structure. The overall length of the bridge is 416’5 ¼” face to face of backwalls. Signage on the bridge approaches list the name of the bridge as Robert T. “Bob” Carter Vietnam Veteran Bridge.” — www.transportation.wv.gov

Henlawson Photo Gallery

You can help preserve a bit of Logan County history by sharing your vintage Henlawson photos with us. To share a photo, please email it to loganwv.us@gmail.com. Please note that you must own the photo you are submitting or ensure that no one has a copyright claim on it. Preferably, photos of individuals should be earlier than 1980.


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14 Responses to Henlawson, WV

  1. Ransom (randy) Maynard says:

    During 1950 I ran a beer joint called The Red Top Inn next to the old swinging bridge there. Locals called it The bloody Bucket. I also ran a poker game in the house that set between the inn and the end of the bridge. My biggest days were whenever there was a strike or layoff. I just could not understand why they always came there and spend their last income for beer. Many time their wives would send a small child in to try and talk their dad into coming home. As I recall it never worked, the kid left alone.

  2. David S. Solar says:

    This looks like the road above the old airport going to Man. Looks liked the landing strip and hangars across the river middle right of picture the way it looked back in the 60′s.

  3. Diana Vinson-Childers says:

    I just love the stories and the people who have written them. Is any one aware of the cemetery at Henlawsen. We found it by mistake on a trip to find my dad’s ggf J. B. Vinson and Resa Dempsey Vinson. My dad is 80 and he visited family as a tot. He was in the Navy at the time of his death and was not sure where he was buried(Forest Lawn) we lucked onto. We pulled into Peach Creek not knowing then that his mother J. B.’s ,Saraham Blair and his father Ale Vinson is buried there. We turned around at the RR yard and crossed the river at Henlawsen. We asked some people if they knew about a cemetery and they said there was an old cemetery at the top of the hill. We turned right across the RR tracks, first road on the left. When you get to the top of the hill the cemetery is straight on and a house left at the top. I googled it and you can see it. It was very old and you could not read anything on the markers. I have read the stories about the Peach Creek and Crooked Creek, MCDonald, Hainor, Whitten Cemetaries and am still needing to figure things out for when we can make the trip back. I’ll be interested in any information coming forward. The Henlawson Cemetery is in very bad shape also. I wonder if Melvin Lawson from Logan CSA Civil War Lawson’s Company which Ale (Aly) Vinson was a member of may have been a Lawson which Henlawson was named after. Virginia State Line, Swann’s Battalion, Vincent A. Witchers 34th Calvary Battalion is where I can trace Ale to.

  4. Sue Richards says:

    I grew up in Henlawson and My Father and Grandfather always talked about Henlawson being named after a man named Henry Lawson who lived there. I remember him, but not sure when he died. I have read comments from other people on some of the sites from Logan County and others that say this also. Mr. Lawson was a very dignified looking man and very friendly. I also knew other members of his family.

  5. ralph h. mcneely says:

    does anybody remember the old man that used to stand outside the henlawson post office in the 50s, he wore a white suit and had a cane.. i remember riding to logan and seeing him standing outside there, he would always wave at you when you went by. the post office was at the railroad tracks going into what is now the park.

    • Deborah Grigg says:

      His name was Corb Jeffrey. Nicest man you would ever meet. He went to my grandfather Rev. Wayne Damron’s Church at Henlawson.

      • ralph h. mcneely says:

        thank you so much.. i think i remember rev. damron… my grand father and mother lived in henlawson in the 30s , i think, mom was born where the park is now.. grand parents was emery and manerva killen.. thanks again for the info… i remember mr. jeffrey standing by the road and he would always wave at everybody… i have tried to do that myself…

  6. lisa peyton says:

    The old black and white photo of the railroad bridge is absolutely correct. My dad has lived across the tracks from the bridge since the late 40′s or early 50′s. The building that is seen there is the old section house.

  7. Dorothy Spiech-Baisden says:

    The name of the bridge is Carper, not Carter. It was named in honor of Bobby Carper, a Vietnam vet. I grew up right across the bridge, second house on the left after a right turn. My family lived in the house for 60 years. Henlawson residents always said the name was from a man named Henry Lawson, who owned a majority of the land and who had descendants in the community.

    • Admin says:

      Thank you. In a recent phone conversation with my aunt (she is a lifelong resident of Henlawson), I learned that she also believes that Henlawson was named for Henry Lawson. The post has been corrected.

  8. Dorothy Spiech-Baisden says:

    I don’t think picture #9 is of Henlawson. The terrain is not at all like that. It looks more like 3 mile curve area. Also, some of the above bridge info seems to be incorrect. That bridge was not there in 1953. There was a swinging bridge at the lower end of Henlawson.

    • Admin says:

      Not Henlawson, maybe Logan County Thanks. I agree, it’s not Henlawson. I have removed this photo from the gallery. I don’t think it’s the Three Mile Curve area because the photo shows the road above the train tracks not vise versa. Maybe Rt. 10 heading toward Man?

      I also have doubts about the Henlawson Train Trestle photo. They are now tearing that RR bridge down also.

      The Henlawson Bridge in the photo replaced the old bridge in 1985 using the trusses moved to Henlawson in 1953. They are now planning to replace the 1985 bridge – the one in the photo.

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