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Thurmond in Fayette County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Thurmond, West Virginia

New River Gorge National River

 
 
Thurmond, West Virginia Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 4, 2012
1. Thurmond, West Virginia Marker
Inscription. Here in Thurmond you-can recall the vital role that railroads played in the growth and prosperity of America. For more than 80 years Thurmondís railroads thrived. Amid the remnants of this once-bustling town, you can imagine the sounds of steam whistles and the clickety-clack of wheel on rail.

Stay off the tracks! The tracks are still active. If you walk into town, be alert for trains and cross the railroad tracks only at the road crossing.

(Inscription on the image in the bottom left) 1. Water from the Water Column was poured into the tender behind the steam engine to produce the steam for power.

2. Engines took on sand at the Sanding Tower. To gain traction on slippery track, sand was dropped onto the track in front of the drive wheels. 3. The Engine House was used for servicing and repairing steam engines. 4. At the Coaling and Sanding Station, the steam engineís tender was located with coal for fuel. Sand was stored here for later transfers to the sanding tower. 5. Commercial Row housed the many town businesses. 6. Water Tanks stored water pumped from the river. 7. The Railroad Commissary supplied railroad workers with all their needs, including meat, clothing, boots, shovels, and hardware. Charges were deducted from the workerís pay. (Inscription next to the image in the upper right) Ribbons of steel were –and

Thurmond Depot and Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 4, 2012
2. Thurmond Depot and Visitor Center
still are – Thurmondís main street. This postcard photo was taken around 1930.

d the of this once-bustling town, you can imagine the sounds of steam whistles and the clickety-clack of wheel on rail.

Stay off the tracks! The tracks are still active. If you walk into town, be alert for trains and cross the railroad tracks only at the road crossing.

(Inscription on the image in the bottom left)
1. Water from the Water Column was poured into the tender behind the steam engine to produce the steam for power.

2. Engines took on sand at the Sanding Tower. To gain traction on slippery track, sand was dropped onto the track in front of the drive wheels. 3. The Engine House was used for servicing and repairing steam engines. 4. At the Coaling and Sanding Station, the steam engineís tender was located with coal for fuel. Sand was stored here for later transfers to the sanding tower. 5. Commercial Row housed the many town businesses. 6. Water Tanks stored water pumped from the river. 7. The Railroad Commissary supplied railroad workers with all their needs, including meat, clothing, boots, shovels, and hardware. Charges were deducted from the workerís pay. (Inscription next to the image in the upper right) Ribbons of steel were –and still are – Thurmondís main street. This postcard photo was taken around 1930.
 
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Inside the visitor center image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 4, 2012
3. Inside the visitor center
National Park Service US Department of Interior.
 
Location. 37° 57.438′ N, 81° 4.746′ W. Marker is in Thurmond, West Virginia, in Fayette County. Marker is on Thurmond Road. Touch for map. The marker is near the New River Gorge National River visitor center. Marker is in this post office area: Thurmond WV 25936, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Thurmond Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); Thurmondís Decline (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Heart of Town (about 700 feet away); The Railroad Was the Town (about 700 feet away); Glen Jean Athletic Club (approx. 4.6 miles away); Indirect Firing (approx. 6.1 miles away); Oakwood Mine Complex (approx. 6.1 miles away); Marquis de Lafayette (approx. 6.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Thurmond.
 
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Inside the visitor center image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 4, 2012
4. Inside the visitor center
Inside the visitor center image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 4, 2012
5. Inside the visitor center
New River Gorge Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 27, 2007
6. New River Gorge Bridge
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 27, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 26, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 102 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 26, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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