Where It All Started
New River Gorge National River
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
This depot was the heart of Thurmond and the New River Gorge in the early 1900s. The railroad ruled transportation, and this station is where people began their business and social activities when they arrived. Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Railway built this depot in 1904, replacing the original 1891 structure that was destroyed by fire. Passenger and freight trains created a constant buzz of activity. At its peak, this station was one of the highest revenue producing depots on the C&O line, reaching nearly $5 million in receipts in 1910, and handling nearly 4.3 million tons of freight.
In 1984, C&O (now CSX Transportation) closed this depot, the same year the Thurmond Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The National Park Service restored the depot and opened it as a summer visitor center in 1995. Today the town's quietness contrasts the hustle and bustle of the industrial activities that once took place here. Explore the depot and downtown area to learn more about what put—and now keeps—Thurmond on the map.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars.
Location. 37° 57.424′ N, 81° 4.729′ W. Marker is in Thurmond, West Virginia, in Fayette County. Marker is on Thurmond Road (County Road 25/2) 0.1 miles south of Beury Mountain Road (County Road 25/2), on the right when traveling north. The marker is near the Thurmond Depot Visitor Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 254 Thurmond Road, Thurmond WV 25936, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thurmond Depot (a few steps from this marker); New River Gorge National River (within shouting distance of this marker); Thurmond, West Virginia (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Thurmond, West Virginia (within shouting distance of this marker); A Railroad Town (within shouting distance of this marker); The Heart of Town (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Railroad Was the Town (approx. 0.2 miles away); Thurmond’s Decline (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Thurmond.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 21, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 28 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 21, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.