Belle


Belle, located in Kanawha County, has a population of 1,200.

Schools

  • Belle Elementary School is a pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade facility serving approximately 300 students.
  • DuPont Middle School is a 6th through 8th grade facility serving approximately 400 students.
  • Riverside High School is a 9th through 12th grade facility serving fewer than 1,200 students.

Businesses

Since the mid-1920s the DuPont Belle Works, a chemical manufacturing plant, has been a major contributor to the economy of the Upper Kanawha Valley. Employing approximately 700 people, DuPont Belle Works continues to prove that this region offers unparalleled advantages to the manufacturing sector.

Of Interest

During the Civil War, Camp Piatt, located in Belle, was a major steamboat hub carrying supplied to the Union Army. The camp was named for Colonel Abraham Piatt. Former Presidents Rutherford B. Hayes and William McKinley both spent time at Camp Piatt. Hayes said, “This is a beautiful valley from Camp Piatt down. Make West Virginia a free state, and Charleston ought to be a sort of Pittsburgh.”

In 1926, the DuPont Company successfully produced the first commercially synthesized ammonia from air and water. This invention was instrumental to the US victory of WWII.