WHERE THE AUTHOR'S DAD
WAS BORN, NOW KNOWN AS
Bluefield, Virginia is located in Tazewell County beside the larger city of Bluefield, West Virginia.
Other nearby towns include Tazewell and Richlands, VA along with Princeton, WV. The local high
school is Graham High School. The 2000 census reported a population of 5,078. The town's area
is a little over eight square miles. Bluefield is known as Virginia's Tallest Town due to being at the
highest elevation of any town in the state.
The town originated around a small post office named "Pin Hook" in the 1860s. Around 1883, the
post office was renamed "Harman" for confederate soldier Colonel E. H. Harman. In 1884,
surveyor Thomas Graham came to the area to survey the railway. He bought land and laid out
streets. Finally, the area was becoming an actual town. The post office was renamed, once again,
as "Graham" in honor of the surveyor. In 1924, the town's residents narrowly voted to rename the
town to "Bluefield" because of nearby Bluefield, WV.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 3. The number of murders
and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 0.6 per 1,000 people.