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

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 decline 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 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

New River Gorge image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 4, 2012
2. New River Gorge
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 US Department of Interior.
 
Location. 38° 4.202′ N, 81° 4.564′ W. Marker is in Lansing, West Virginia, in Fayette County. Marker is on Visitor Center Road. Touch for map. The marker is located on the grounds of Canyon Rim Visitor Center, New River Gorge National River. Marker is in this post office area: Lansing WV 25862, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 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 marker); New River Gorge National River (a few steps from this marker); Trail to Bridge Overlook (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bridge

New River Gorge image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 4, 2012
3. New River Gorge
(within shouting distance of this marker); Townsend's Ferry (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fayetteville Town Park (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lansing.
 
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Inside the Canyon Rim New River Gorge Visitor Center-Mining image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 4, 2012
4. 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
5. Inside the Canyon Rim New River Gorge Visitor Center-Logging
Sign at the entrance to the Canyon Rim New River Gorge Scenic image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 4, 2012
6. Sign at the entrance to the Canyon Rim New River Gorge Scenic
 
 
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 95 times since then and 29 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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