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City cuts ribbon on Interpretive Walkway

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BLUEFIELD (WVVA) - City leaders in Bluefield marked the beginning of a new economic development plan for downtown on Monday.

City officials and dignitaries cut the ribbon for the brand-new Interpretive Walkway that will showcase the history of the railroad town and the coal industry that brought it here.

The price tag of the project is $30,000 -- paid for with a state grant.

City leaders say the project is the first step of a six-year plan that they hope will help local businesses by bringing tourists to the area.

"Bluefield is the first or depending on which direction you're traveling the last of the Coal Heritage Trailway between north and south, so people get to learn the history of the region right here as they continue their excursion through the state," said City Manager Jim Ferguson.

City officials gave residents the chance to name the new walkway.

More than 100 names were submitted.

The winning entry was ‘Roundhouse Square,' submitted by resident Ran Henry.

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