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 Thurmond, West Virginia 

Thurmond was incorporated January 1, 1900, and was named for Captain W.D. Thurmond (CSA), who owned the land upon which the town is located. Thurmond today is among the most visited locations within the New River Gorge National River. The town stands at the foot of Beury Mountain along the east wall of the New River Gorge.

Thurmond was one of only two major shipping points that developed in the New River Gorge during the coal boom. By the early 1900s,Thurmond was producing more freight revenue for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway (C&O) than did the much-larger cities of Cincinnati, OH, Richmond, VA, or Charleston, WV. From Thurmond in 1910, 76,541 passengers boarded trains, and 4,283,641 tons of freight were shipped, which amounted to almost one-fifth of the revenue for the entire C&O for that year.


Amtrak Cardinal passes by the old storefronts at Thurmond, WV.
Amtrak Cardinal passes by the old storefronts at Thurmond, WV.

Train at Thurmond Depot
Train at Thurmond Depot

Thurmond Depot
Thurmond Depot

Thurmond Depot Thurmond WV
Thurmond Depot Thurmond WV

Thurmond Business District
Thurmond Business District

National Bank of Thurmond
National Bank of Thurmond

Mankin Building Thurmond WV
Mankin Building Thurmond WV

Storefronts at Thurmond WV
Storefronts at Thurmond WV

National Bank Building Thurmond WV
National Bank Building Thurmond WV

Railroad Highway Bridge Thurmond WV
Railroad Highway Bridge Thurmond WV

Amtrak Cardinal Thurmond WV
Amtrak Cardinal Thurmond WV

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