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Thurmond, West Virginia

Thurmond, West Virginia, The Heart of the New River Gorge, was established by Captain William D. Thurmond and incorporated in 1903. Serving as a railroad town, Thurmond was at its heyday in the 1920's with more coal running through it than Cincinnati, Ohio. Thurmond hosted the Guiness Book of World Record's longest poker game, is one of Travel & Leisure's coolest ghost towns in America, is where the movie Matewan was filmed, and is a put-in for the upper New River whitewater rafting community. Today, Thurmond is host for the Thurmond Triathlon and boasts beautiful trails for hiking and mountain biking with ample access to the New River for boating and fishing.


West Virginia location

Thurmond is a small town in Fayette County, West Virginia, situated along the New River. The population was five at the 2010 census. During the heyday of coal mining in the New River Gorge, Thurmond was a prosperous town with a number of businesses and railroad facilities of the former Chesapeake & Ohio Railway. Today, most of Thurmond is owned by the National Park Service for the New River Gorge National River. The wooden C&O passenger railway depot in town was renovated in 1995 and now functions as a Park Service visitor center as well as official flag stop for Amtrak's New York to Chicago, three days a week Cardinal service. The entire town is a designated historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. R. J. Corman's West Virginia Line interchanges across the former C&O New River bridge with the busy CSX Transportation mainline.

Click to see the Thurmond depot location plotted on a Google Maps page

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This page was updated on 2016-05-28