Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center
Facility Description: The Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center is located on a 16-acre site adjacent to the Veterans Memorial Park and the West Virginia State Nursing Home in the city of Clarksburg, West Virginia. The facility was initially dedicated on December 7, 1950 and was enhanced with the clinical addition in 1989. Named after Louis A. Johnson, Secretary of Defense under President Truman, this medical center has been an active teaching facility since 1960 by participating in residency and academic affiliations with West Virginia University, Fairmont State University, Alderson-Broaddus College and other nearby institutions of higher education. A Brief History of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) - Today’s Veterans Health Administration (VHA) originated during the Civil War as the first federal hospitals and domiciliaries ever established for the nation’s volunteer military forces.
Community Description: Clarksburg was formed in 1785 in the state of Virginia. The city was named for General George Rogers Clark, who gained fame on the frontier by his many explorations and expeditions against the British and Indians in the Indian Wars and the war of the American Revolution. From the later 1870’s through the middle of the 20th century, Clarksburg was an industrial and manufacturing center, particularly in the glass and coal industries. Today, high tech, aerospace, criminal justice and energy exploration drive the area’s economy. Clarksburg is a city in and the county seat of Harrison County with a 2010 population census of 16,578 residents. The city offers citizens and visitors a rich mix of retail, industrial, professional and governmental services and one of the best preserved historical downtowns in the state. The city is working diligently to restore and refurbish these historical sites and maintain the rich history of this Mountaineer city.
Clarksburg is a cultural center of the north-central West Virginia region and hosts many events and festivals. Since 1979 Clarksburg has hosted the annual West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival held during Labor Day weekend. Every September since 1991 the city has been the site of the West Virginia Black Heritage Festival. Since 2006 Clarksburg has hosted the annual Glen Elk Wine, Music and Arts festival. Since 1997 Clarksburg has also hosted the Greater Clarksburg 10K race, the official WV 10K State Championship. In 2007 the race was renamed the Jarvis Greater Clarksburg 10K.