Located where the Eastern Panhandle meets the main body of WV, about 30 miles southwest of the Fairfax Stone. Incorporated in 1890, and named for Senator Stephen Benton Elkins. Home of the Forest Festival each October. Home of Davis and Elkins College. As you are heading eastbound, it is sort of the gateway to the Allegheny Mountains, as there is more elevation change just east of the city. Population: 7000. Elkins is a great "home base" for exploring WV, as many great rides are north (Thomas, Davis), east (Seneca Rocks, Petersburg, Smoke Hole, Franklin), and south (Cass, Green Bank, Webster Springs, Marlinton). It's hard to go wrong from here!
For more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elkins,_West_Virginia
Historical Marker located along the main highway through town (Rt 250/219/33/55) at the courthouse.
Better view of the courthouse.
View west on Rt 251/219/55/33 as it passes through Elkins.
Old train station in the downtown section.
Still a nice downtown area - WalMart hasn't killed every Main St (yet).