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Lansing in Fayette County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

New River Gorge Scenic Drives

New River Gorge National River

 
 
New River Gorge Scenic Drives Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 4, 2012
1. New River Gorge Scenic Drives Marker
Inscription.  You may find it hard to believe that the New River Gorge was once teeming with activity. Coal mining dominated the economy and social structure of the state of West Virginia between 1875 and 1950. During this time over forty coal mining towns were established, grew, and ultimately declined in the gorge. As you travel through the park, you will see remnants of this coal mining and railroad heritage in historic railroad depots, bridges, building foundations, and towns. Today, the natural environment of New River Gorge National River is recovering and slowly overgrowing the remains of the mining companies, homes, and towns that once lined the gorge.

The New River Gorge Loop Tour Map, reproduced here, is found in the Scenic Drives brochure, which is available at park visitor centers. As you travel the highways and side roads, you will get a glimpse of the rich coal heritage of the park and region.

(Inscription below the map on the lower left) Fayette Station Road-Small exhibits, located at pull-offs along Fayette Station Road, interpret the history of the immediate area, including coal mining, the railroads, and the twin towns of Fayette

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By TeamOHE, February 16, 2020
2. New River Gorge Scenic Drives Marker
and South Fayette, which today are known as Fayette Station.

If you drive the Fayette Station Road Auto Tour, allow at least one hour if you plan to stop at all of the exhibits along the route.

What is the Coal Heritage Trail? It is a 146-mile long journey through southern West Virginia coalfields, between Bluefield and Fayetteville. The route takes motorists past many physical remnants of the coal boom that furthered the industrialization of America. The corridor was designated a National Scenic Byway in 1998, one of the many routes across America that showcase this land.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsIndustry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars.
 
Location. 38° 4.202′ N, 81° 4.564′ W. Marker is in Lansing, West Virginia, in Fayette County. Marker is on Visitor Center Road. The marker is located on the grounds of Canyon Rim Visitor Center, New River Gorge National River. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lansing WV 25862, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Deceptive Forest (a few steps from this marker); New River (a few steps from this marker); Smoke, Coke, Coal, and Kaymoor (a few steps from this

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By Don Morfe, August 4, 2012
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marker); Welcome to New River Gorge National River (a few steps from this marker); Trail to Bridge Overlook (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); New River Gorge Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Bridge (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lansing.
 
New River Gorge image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 4, 2012
4. New River Gorge
Inside the Canyon Rim New River Gorge Visitor Center-Mining image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 4, 2012
5. Inside the Canyon Rim New River Gorge Visitor Center-Mining
Inside the Canyon Rim New River Gorge Visitor Center-Logging image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 4, 2012
6. Inside the Canyon Rim New River Gorge Visitor Center-Logging
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 26, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 202 times since then and 17 times this year. Last updated on January 21, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1. submitted on November 26, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.   2. submitted on January 20, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio.   3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 26, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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