The Railroad Was the Town
New River Gorge National River
Every aspect of Thurmond centered on the railroad. It provided jobs and brought materials, merchandise, and paying passengers. People up and down the line flocked to Thurmond. At one time 20 passenger trains stopped daily. Thurmond was steam, smoke, cinders, noise, and the people who depended on the railroad.
“You really couldn’t keep (anything) clean though, because of the coal trains and soot and all that stuff. It was very hard to keep house in Thurmond…you could go out on the porch and sweep it at noon, and by four o’clock it was covered up with cinders again.
Mrs. Jane Graham Lawson.
(Inscription below the image in the upper right)
C&O Railway workers (above) pose for the camera in 1923.
Erected by National Park Service US Department of Interior.
Location. 37° 57.534′ N, 81° 4.824′ W. Marker is in Thurmond, West
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Thurmond’s Decline (here, next to this marker); The Heart of Town (here, next to this marker); Thurmond, West Virginia (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Thurmond Depot (about 800 feet away); Glen Jean Athletic Club (approx. 4.6 miles away); Indirect Firing (approx. 6 miles away); Oakwood Mine Complex (approx. 6 miles away); Marquis de Lafayette (approx. 6.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Thurmond.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars •
Credits. This page was last revised on November 28, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 27, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 126 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 27, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.