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” Carper Vietnam Veteran Bridge.” — www.transportation.wv.gov

Henlawson Photo Gallery

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29 Responses to Henlawson, WV

  1. Donna cramer says:

    Loved my time in Henlawson. Moved to Cleveland 1958. Henlawson always in my heart. Best time of my life❤️

  2. Bryon Moore(Curtis) says:

    picture my old house in row 2 pic 4 that’s old henlawson aka Merrill park..4th row 3rd pic is same house just remodeled

  3. pete hensley says:

    does any one remember franks dug out store i lived there early 60s

  4. Valerie Mann says:

    In Image 6 of the Henlawson students, my mom, Roberta (Bobbie Ann) Bell Mann was the teacher.

    Thank you! I will add her name to the photo description. — Admin

  5. Faye Francis says:

    Enjoy seeing the old pictures – was searching for “Red Top Inn’ next to the tracks, my grandfather, Kelly Cox owned/operated.

  6. LaRue Brewster Carnes says:

    I was born in Holden Hospital in 1952. I grew up in Henlawson and I believe Henry Lawson was a very old man when I was very little. His house was down over the hill near the railroad bridge, very steep stone steps. There was a daughter, somebody who took care of him and I think Station Hollow was up from his house.
    My grandfather and his brothers built the houses at Merrill Coal Camp. They came from Kentucky. Does anyone have info on the Farris family that lived in Henlawson. I’d love to find Jewetta Farris my childhood friend. Charlie was her dad and Regina was her mother. Thanks.

  7. 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.

    • Faye Francis says:

      I just read your comment on “Red Top Inn” – is the same bar owned/operated by my grandfather Kelly Cox and my step-grandmother Gladys Kelly Cox?

      Is there any pics of this business/building? I would love to see some pics of surrounding buildings.

      Thanks you
      Faye Francis

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

    • Eloise Taylor Messer says:

      Henlawson was named after William Henry Lawson. He died Feb 18, 1963 at the age of 85.

  11. 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…

        • Virgil Hayes Woody says:

          Do you remember me, Hayes Woody? I lived in Henlawson for a while. My grandparents on my mother’s side were Jack and Julie Killen.

          • ralph h. mcneely says:

            lord yes i remember you… how are you sir… it has been a long time… i live on crooked creek now. have lived here for 30 years or more… came back here from the navy in the 60s.. i go to the park once a week and take photos of flowers and stuff.. i remember coming to you house when i was young.. how are you sir… my email address is rhmcneely47@yahoo if you want to email me.. we are getting old sir…

          • ralph h. mcneely says:

            virgil if you look on here in family and friends there are photos of the family… i figure you have already done that but in case… i think you and i watched the 54 world series on your tv in the frount of the house… i dont remember much.. that was a long time ago.. most of the family is gone now.. nellie richards is still with us and joyce is to… janie kaye lives in justice addition…. i dont hear much from them, but i try to keep in touch.. if you have any questions just ask and i will try to answer them… it is good to hear from you..

      • Charolette Sullivan says:

        Corb was my uncle.

    • Charolette Sullivan says:

      Yep that was my uncle Corb Jeffrey

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.