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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Thurmond, West Virginia

 
Clickable Map of Fayette County, West Virginia and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Fayette County, WV (92) Greenbrier County, WV (68) Kanawha County, WV (81) Nicholas County, WV (36) Raleigh County, WV (35) Summers County, WV (37)  FayetteCounty(92) Fayette County (92)  GreenbrierCounty(68) Greenbrier County (68)  KanawhaCounty(81) Kanawha County (81)  NicholasCounty(36) Nicholas County (36)  RaleighCounty(35) Raleigh County (35)  SummersCounty(37) Summers County (37)
Location of Thurmond, West Virginia
    Fayette County (92)
    Greenbrier County (68)
    Kanawha County (81)
    Nicholas County (36)
    Raleigh County (35)
    Summers County (37)
 
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1West Virginia (Fayette County), Thurmond — A Railroad TownNew River Gorge National River — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
The Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Railway mainline was Thurmond's main street, the core of this town's identity. As one of the busiest centers of activity in this region of coal commerce, Thurmond was the only place in a 73-mile stretch where . . . Map (db m165257) HM
2West Virginia (Fayette County), Thurmond — A Town Built on Top of ItselfNew 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 . . . Map (db m165248) HM
3West Virginia (Fayette County), Thurmond — Changing TownNew River Gorge National River — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
As access to places outside the gorge improved, Thurmond's importance declined. Area coal mines also declined in productivity. The most significant changes, however, came by 1949 when the nation's railroad industry had switched from steam to . . . Map (db m165249) HM
4West Virginia (Fayette County), Thurmond — Fueling Up TrainsNew River Gorge National River — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
A major use of coal was as fuel for steam trains. Coal was used to heat the water in the boiler of each locomotive, making steam that powered the train engines. As one of the few places in the gorge where locomotives could be refueled, the . . . Map (db m165246) HM
5West Virginia (Fayette County), Thurmond — New River Gorge National RiverNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
New River Gorge National River offers beautiful scenery and much more. The park features the geology of one of the world's oldest rivers and preserves the natural and cultural diversity of a land once exploited by industry. Today New River Gorge is . . . Map (db m165244) HM
6West Virginia (Fayette County), Thurmond — The Heart of TownNew River Gorge National River — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
You are now in the heart of downtown Thurmond. In 1913 the Fayette Journal called Thurmond the “Biggest Little Town.” Today it is difficult to imagine why. Just three buildings survive from Thurmond’s once-thriving commercial . . . Map (db m164659) HM
7West Virginia (Fayette County), Thurmond — The Railroad Was the TownNew River Gorge National River — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
The rails that you see here symbolize Thurmond’s essence—the railroad. These rails were truly Thurmond’s main street. Coal was king, but was worthless if it couldn’t get to market. Workers in Thurmond’s engine house kept the C&O Railway’s . . . Map (db m164660) HM
8West Virginia (Fayette County), Thurmond — Thurmond DepotNew River Gorge National River — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
The Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Railway built this depot in 1904 to manage passengers and freight—mostly coal. This building replaced an earlier depot that burned the year before. The railroad was the only practical way in and out of New . . . Map (db m164661) HM
9West Virginia (Fayette County), Thurmond — Thurmond, West VirginiaNew River Gorge National River — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Here in Thurmond you-can recall the vital role that railroads played in the growth and prosperity of America. For more than 80 years Thurmond’s railroads thrived. Amid the remnants of this once-bustling town, you can imagine the sounds of steam . . . Map (db m164662) HM
10West Virginia (Fayette County), Thurmond — Thurmond, West VirginiaNew River Gorge National River — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Ribbons of steel were, and still are, the main street of Thurmond. For over 80 years, trains were the primary method of travel, linking over 50 New River communities to each other and connecting the gorge to the rest of the US. Thurmond was a . . . Map (db m165243) HM
11West Virginia (Fayette County), Thurmond — Thurmond’s DeclineNew River Gorge National River — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Look down the railroad tracks. You might see a train coming. But if you do, you won’t see an engine fueled by coal, belching smoke and steam, as you would have during Thurmond’s heyday. Instead, you will see an engine powered with diesel fuel. . . . Map (db m164663) HM
12West Virginia (Fayette County), Thurmond — Where It All StartedNew River Gorge National River — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
This depot was the heart of Thurmond and the New River Gorge in the early 1900s. The railroad ruled transportation, and this station is where people began their business and social activities when they arrived. Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Railway . . . Map (db m165245) HM
 
Apr. 18, 2021