The Lewis McManus Memorial Honor Trail, Beckley, West Virginia

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

The U.S. state of West Virginia is known for its mountains and for its coal mines. The state is seldom known for its cities. Among them is the city of Beckley in the south central part of the state. Named for Alfred Beckley, it is a simple city although it is the largest city in the southern part of the state. It is the home of the University of West Virginia Institute of Technology and the Raleigh County Veterans Museum. The city’s biggest attraction is the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine. It is also in driving distance of the New River Gorge State Park and the world famous New River Gorge Bridge. Then you have the Lewis McManus Memorial Honor Trail. Only a little over four miles long, it is a trail that weaves itself through the city, and you can see a little artwork along the way. If you are…

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