About This Place
Glen Jean is an unincorporated census-designated place in Fayette County, West Virginia, United States, near Oak Hill. As of the 2010 census, its population is 210.
The area had been originally known was White Oaks, but when the town was founded in the early 1870s the community was named for Jean McKell, the wife of landowner Thomas G. McKell. The town was a center for the coal mining industry and a railroad junction, formerly boasting an opera house, hotels and a company store. Much of the town has disappeared since the end of the coal boom. The chief remaining structure is the Bank of Glen Jean, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Glean Jean is presently the headquarters of New River Gorge National River, located across the street from the bank building, which now functions as a visitor contact center.
The latitude of Glen Jean is 37.926N. The longitude is -81.15W. It is in the Eastern Time Zone. Elevation is 1,627 feet.