A Town Built on Top of Itself
New River Gorge National River
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Thurmond ran from the river's edge up the hill. Homes dotted the hillside. Large businesses (like Hotel Thurmond and Armour Meat Company) along with small shops (a jeweler, shoemaker, barber, and others) served the needs of residents and visitors. Radio, a daily newspaper, and the telephone exchange kept people connected with the news of the day and the growing nation.
Hotel Thurmond, also known as the LaFayette Hotel, was cutting-edge lodging in its day, boasting over 400 electric lights, steam heat, a dining room, a ballroom, and a poolroom. Movies were shown twice a week in the hotel's theater, mostly westerns. A general store, grocer, pharmacy, post office, and bank were also in the hotel building. The structure burned down in 1963.
Legend has it that this hotel was so close to the railroad tracks that patrons could reach out and touch or spit on the passing trains from the building's porch.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
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Location. 37° 57.567′ N, 81° 4.85′ W. Marker is in Thurmond, West Virginia, in Fayette County. Marker is on Thurmond Road (County Route 25/2) 0.2 miles north of Beury Mountain Road (County Road 25/2), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 144 Highland St, 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. Changing Town (within shouting distance of this marker); Fueling Up Trains (within shouting distance of this marker); The Heart of Town (within shouting distance of this marker); The Railroad Was the Town (within shouting distance of this marker); Thurmond’s Decline (within shouting distance of this marker); A Railroad Town (approx. 0.2 miles away); Thurmond, West Virginia (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Thurmond, West Virginia (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Thurmond.
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