Students focus on the importance of the railroad to the New River Gorge and to the United States as a whole. Students visualize the challenges of railroad construction at the time of the Civil War. Through discussion, students learn that the railroad brought changes... people, jobs, mines, and lumber camps, as well as a means to transport coal, timber, and other goods out of the gorge to a national market. Whenever possible, students visit Thurmond Depot where demonstrations, hands-on activities, and role playing are part of the learning experience.
Burnwood, Canyon Rim, Glade Creek, Grandview, and Thurmond
4th – 6th
The railroad helped to overcome a transportation barrier and open the New River Gorge to many opportunities.
1. List three reasons why the completion of the railroad was so important
2. List and describe jobs that were associated with the operation of the railroad
3. Explain what happened to the railroad throughout the years
Riding the Rails Scavenger Hunt
People of the Rails
Books to Share with Children
Additional Resources for Teachers
WV Content Standards met:
History/Social Sciences- SS.4.4.3, SS.4.4.4, SS.WV.4.4, SS.WV.4.8, SS.WV.5.2, SS.WV.5.3,
SS.5.3.4, SS.5.3.5, SS.5.4.9, SS.5.5.3, SS.5.5.7