Thurmond, West Virginia

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

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Thurmond, West Virginia was once a thriving town in the south-central region of West Virginia.  Located in the New River Gorge next to the New River, Thurmond was a served by the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad.  It played a major role in the coal mining industry.  Incorporated in 1900, the town was a town like any other town with a train depot, a post office and two hotels.  It was the home of a rail yard and rail shops.  For many years the town was only accessible by the train until 1921 when a connecting road was built.  In the 1930’s one of the hotels burned down.  The town was in its decline until the 1950’s when it officially became a ghost town.

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There is only one road that enters the town.  The road runs alongside of a rail line that you cross a few times.  You arrive at the…

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