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John E. Faulconer, Right, and Associate, Hinton, W. Va.

John E. Faulconer, Right, and Associate, Hinton, W. Va.
Faulconer was the founder of Pipestem State Park and one of West Virginia's most esteemed historians. A native of Hinton, W. Va., Faulconor fundraised actively that eventually led to the building of the Bluestone Center, city hall, a 4-H Camp and city sewage system. His most noted achievement was the creation of Pipestem, acclaimed as one of the 10 best family vacation resorts in the nation. Though Faulconer once owned the Hinton Daily News, he served as a columnist for the Beckley Post-Herald toward the end of his life. He died at the age of 78. A graduate of Hinton High School in 1923, Faulconer spent two years at West Virginia University as a pre-med student before returning to Hinton in 1926 to become the managing editor of Hinton Daily News where he held that position until 1937 to manage Hinton Insurance Agency and other business interests. In 1947, Faulconer and his brother purchased the Hinton Daily News where he served as publisher and editor until 1973 when the newspaper was sold. Faulconer was an active member of the community, serving 17 years as a member of the advisory board of the state Department of Highways, was vice chairman of the board and a director of the National Bank of Summers, and helped organize the Mountaineer Travel Council, Summers County Boys Scout Council, and the City/County Chamber of Commerce. He received countless awards and citations including a special award in 1973 by the West Virginia Department of Commerce for outstanding contributions to the development of tourism in West Virginia.
Topical Subjects:
Counties--Summers., Cities--Hinton., Newspaper editors--West Virginia--Hinton.
Personal Names:
Faulconer, John E.
Corporate Names:
National Bank of Summers (Summers County, W. Va.), West Virginia University--Alumni and alumnae.
Hinton (W. Va.), Pipestem Resort State Park (W. Va.)
Title Subjects:
Hinton daily news (Hinton, W. Va. : 1922)