The Railroad Was the Town Historical

The Railroad Was the Town Historical (HM1VZ2)

Location: Thurmond, WV 25936 Fayette County
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N 37° 57.534', W 81° 4.824'

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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 coal trains rolling, and the tons of coal shipped from Thurmond's rail yards produced immense revenue for the C&O.

Every aspect of Thurmond centered on the railroad. It provided jobs and brought materials, merchandise, and paying passengers. People up and down the line flocked to Thurmond. At one time 20 passenger trains stopped daily. Thurmond was steam, smoke, cinders, noise, and the people who depended on the railroad.

"You really couldn't keep (anything) clean though, because of the coal trains and soot and all that stuff. It was very hard to keep house in could go out on the porch and sweep it at noon, and by four o'clock it was covered up with cinders again.
Mrs. Jane Graham Lawson.

(Inscription below the image in the upper right) C&O Railway workers (above) pose for the camera in 1923.
HM NumberHM1VZ2
Placed ByNational Park Service US Department of Interior
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Date Added Monday, November 28th, 2016 at 9:03am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 492937 N 4201257
Decimal Degrees37.95890000, -81.08040000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 57.534', W 81° 4.824'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 57' 32.04" N, 81° 4' 49.44" W
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Area Code(s)304
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 96 Main St, Thurmond WV 25936, US
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