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Community and Railroad History Celebrated in Thurmond Railroad Day

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Date: July 14, 2014
Contact: Jodi French-Burr, 304-574-2115

railroad depot and tracks
Thurmond Depot
Louise McLaughlin

Glen Jean, West Virginia, July 14, 2014— Every place has a story, especially Thurmond, West Virginia. Delve into the rich stories of this historic community and the railroad that made it at Thurmond's Railroad Day. This celebration will help people link the past to the present as they explore this national historic district. This event and other ranger-guided programs in the park provide a fun way to experience the park and learn more about the area's rich natural and cultural heritage. All ranger programs are FREE unless otherwise noted. Wear comfortable walking shoes for guided walks. Water, snacks, camera and binoculars are other useful tools to bring along. Below is a list of this week's featured ranger programs:

Thursday, July 17, 2014:

Ranger on the Rock

6:30 pm - 7:45 pm. Meet at Grandview's Main Overlook. Come and go as you please for this informal program with a ranger at one of the best views of the New River Gorge. Enjoy the scenery and discuss area natural and cultural history.

Friday, July 18, 2014:

Ranger on the Rock

6:30 pm - 7:45 pm. Meet at Grandview's Main Overlook. Come and go as you please for this informal program with a ranger at one of the best views of the New River Gorge. Enjoy the scenery and discuss area natural and cultural history.

Saturday, July 19, 2014:

Bluestone Walk

10:00 am - 11:30 am. Meet at the base of Pipestem Resort State Park tramway. 2 mile walk.Walk within Bluestone National Scenic River for a mile and return. Along the way, enjoy the flora and fauna of the area and discover regional history. Bring $2.00 for the return tram ride.

Thurmond's Railroad Day

10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Meet at Thurmond Historic District. Celebrate the rich stories of this historic town and the railroad that built it. Come and go as you please in this day full of history. Event features include:

  • Operation Lifesaverwill share tips on railroad safety.
  • Handcart close-up:kids can try their hand at using a railroad handcart, plus get their photo taken in historic Thurmond.
  • Historic Thurmond Tour

10:00 am,11:00 am,12:00 pm, and1:00 pm> 45 min. each. Meet at the Thurmond Depot Visitor Center. 0.5 mile walk. What was life like in one of the New River Gorge's most renowned towns? Meet a ranger in Thurmond's historic district for an informal tour of this once bustling railroad town, hearing stories of days gone by.

  • Rend & the Railroad Hike

2:00 pm – 4:30 pm. Meet at the Rend Trailhead on Route 25 near Thurmond. 2 ½ to 3 mile walk. Take a look back in time at the railroad and the area's industrial boom in the New River Gorge. Hike along the historic Rend rail line and see where history happened.

Be a Junior Ranger!

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Meet at Grandview Visitor Center. Children of all ages have the opportunity to become a Junior Ranger and earn the official Junior Ranger badge. Spend the afternoon with a ranger and learn more aboutHealthy Parks, Healthy Livingand take a guided hike.

Ranger on the Rock

6:30 pm - 7:45 pm. Meet at Grandview's Main Overlook. Come and go as you please for this informal program with a ranger at one of the best views of the New River Gorge. Enjoy the scenery and discuss area natural and cultural history.

Sunday, July 20, 2014:

Historic Thurmond Tour

11:00 am - 12:00 pm. Meet at the Thurmond Depot Visitor. 0.5 mile walk. What was life like in one of the New River Gorge's most renowned towns? Meet a ranger in Thurmond's historic district for an informal tour of this once bustling railroad town, hearing stories of days gone by.

Ranger on the Rock

6:30 pm - 7:45 pm. Meet at Grandview's Main Overlook. Come and go as you please for this informal program with a ranger at one of the best views of the New River Gorge. Enjoy the scenery and discuss area natural and cultural history.

For more information about area National Park Service sites visit http://www.nps.gov/neri, check out the park Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/newrivergorgenps, or stop by any New River Gorge National River visitor center.

 

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BASE Jumper at New River Gorge

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