Beckley, city (1990 pop. 18,296), seat of Raleigh co., S W.Va.; inc. 1927. Beckley's major industries include tourism, agriculture (livestock, cotton, grain, nursery stock), and manufacturing (machinery, furniture, electrical equipment, glass, lumber, beverages). Coal production, once prominent, has declined. The city holds an annual Appalachian Arts and Crafts Festival. An exhibition coal mine includes mining demonstrations.
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