Buena Vista, Virginia

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Buena Vista, Virginia
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Coordinates: 37°43′56″N 79°21′12″W / 37.73222°N 79.35333°W / 37.73222; -79.35333
CountryUnited States
CountyNone (Independent city)
 • Total6.8 sq mi (17.6 km2)
 • Land6.7 sq mi (17.4 km2)
 • Water0.08 sq mi (0.2 km2)
837 ft (255 m)
 • Total6,650
 • Density992/sq mi (383.0/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Zip code
FIPS code51-11032[1]
GNIS feature ID1492666[2]

Buena Vista (/ˌbjuːnəˈvɪstə/ BEW-nə-VIS-tə) is an independent city located in the Blue Ridge Mountains region of Virginia in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,650.[3]

History[change | change source]

Formerly named "Hart's Bottom", "Green Forest" or "Green Valley"[4] until 1888, and chartered as a town in 1890, Buena Vista was granted a city charter on February 15, 1892.[5]

Early history[change | change source]

Founded by Benjamin C. Moomaw in the late 1800s, the town consisted only of a simple tannery at the intersection of two railroads and a canal. The Richmond and Alleghany Railroad and the Shenandoah Valley Railroad,[6]

Education[change | change source]

Buena Vista is home to Southern Virginia University, which had an enrollment of 928 full-time students in the fall of 2017.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-01-05.
  4. "Buena Vista endures name changes, anniversary dispute, boom and bust times | The News Leader | newsleader.com". newsleader.com. Retrieved 2014-10-16.
  5. "www.buenavistavirginia.org". buenavistavirginia.org. Retrieved 2014-10-16.
  6. Whitehead, T.; Virginia. Dept. of Agriculture; Virginia. Board of Agriculture (1893). Virginia, a Hand-book: Giving Its History, Climate, and Mineral Wealth, Its Educational, Agricultural, and Industrial Advantages. Everett Waddey Company. p. 177. Retrieved 2014-10-16.
  7. "Southern Virginia University Grows 40 Percent in Four Years". Southern Virginia University. Retrieved October 8, 2017.

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Coordinates: 37°43′56″N 79°21′12″W / 37.732184°N 79.353325°W / 37.732184; -79.353325