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About West Rutland, Vermont
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Rutland County
Chartered: November 19, 1886 (Vermont Act of Incorporation)
Area: 11,435 Acres = 17.87 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 233* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 43° 36' W 73°03'
Altitude: 500 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 2,326 [ Population Rank: 72* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 130.2 [ Density Rank: 27* ]
Full Census Info: Town
  County  State

*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to West Rutland's relative position among Vermont's 255 civic entities (9 cities, 242 towns, 4 gores and grants). Complete rankings are here.

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The name comes from the village of West Rutland, the only village in that portion of what was then still the town of Rutland.

In the 1830's, it was discovered that West Hill was almost solid marble of very fine quality. The industry there was not profitable at first, but with the completion of the Rutland Railroad through the area in 1851, easy transportation became a reality and marble became the village's chief business, with more than two dozen companies engaged in it over the next thirty years. By and large, it was the marble people who were most interested in West Rutland separating from Rutland, so it can easily be said that marble was the moving factor in the birth of the new town, as it had been for Proctor.

In a rare reversal of environmental trends, several acres of West Rutland actually became wetland as a result of industry. Waste from the marble plants (primarily the sand used in polishing) clogged a small stream and caused it to spread out, creating a viable marsh. Each spring, local students and others participate in a cleanup of debris along the roads through the area.

Material excerpted or adapted from Esther Munroe Swift's
Vermont Place-Names: Footprints of History
with the author's permission

Activities & Points of Interest
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Goings-on in and near West Rutland
Calendar of Events provided by the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing.

West Rutland Historical Society

Contact Info
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Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Hospital: Rutland Regional Medical Center (Rutland) 802-775-7111
Town Clerk:  Jayne Pratt 35 Marble Street West Rutland, VT 05777
 802-438-2204
 M-Th 9-12 and 1-4; and by appt.

Churches, Ministries, Charitables
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Roman Catholic : St. Bridget
Roman Catholic : St. Stanislaus Kostka
Unitarian Universalist : UU Church of Rutland 802-775-0850

Schools
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Rutland Central Supervisory Union 802-775-4342
West Rutland School 802-438-2288

Neighboring Towns
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This is a basic geographic reference, intended to show relative location of adjacent towns. Directional accuracy is limited to 16 compass points. There isn't even the slightest suggestion that one can necessarily travel directly from one town to the next (as in "You can't get there from here").

Pittsford Proctor
West Rutland
Castleton Proctor
Rutland Town
Ira Clarendon

Utilities
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Notes about utilities:

  • One electric or phone company indicates that company serves the entire town. More than one of either indicates each serves different areas of town.
  • A listed cable company MIGHT mean the entire town is covered, but not necessarily. More than one listed indicates each serves different areas of town.
  • Unless your area is one served by Vermont's only gas utility, your only option is bottled gas (any dealer).
    Cable Comcast 800-266-2278
    Electric Green Mountain Power 888-835-4672
    Telephone Fairpoint 866-984-2001

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