Summer 2012 travel blog

This is our last day in w va, maybe the last of winding and narrow roads for awhile. What a find! this is really an abandoned town, as Amtrak will still pick up passengers, trains still go through, and 7 people still live here but it has lost it's mojo. This was a train station for the mines and was the chief center of the C&O railroad in 1910. Through this town more freight and revenue was produced than Cincinnati and Richmond combined. 75,000 passengers passed through in1910. The demise of the town came with the great depression and the end of steam trains. In town now are left standing the depot, 2 stores, the bank, post office, and coaling tower with a 500 ton capacity, coal was dropped from this structure into the train tenders.

The depot has been renovated and is very large, giving a good sense of the activity that would have taken place here in the heyday of the steam railroad.

My grandfather was a railroad engineer supervising construction of railroad lines in this area in the early 1900''s.

We drove to gauley bridge and found kanawha falls which is picturesque.

We then drove to carnifex ferry civil war battlefield where the confederates were defeated 9/10/1861, this led to the union control of this area and the establishment of west Virginia as a state.

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