About Us

Incorporated August 2, 1899, and named for John F. Cowen, director, and one of the principal stockholders in the West Virginia and Pittsburgh Railway Company, which was later absorbed by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company.

Population, estimated 541; elevation, 2244 feet; volunteer fire department with unit at nearby Camden on Gauley, three pumpers in Cowen and two emergency vehicles; elections held every four years on the second Tuesday in June; officials take office July first.