Thurmond Depot

A colored photograph of the yellow Thurmond Depot Visitor Center. A train is approaching on the right side.
A train crossing near the Thurmond Depot Visitor Center

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Once among the greatest railroad towns along the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway, Thurmond recaptures the days when steel rails, steam, and coal were the major themes in our nation's history. The historic Thurmond Depot has been restored to serve as a park visitor center. Exhibits and historic furnishings bring the golden days of railroading back to life.

 
Visitors watching as AMTRAK train goes by at the Thurmond Depot
Visitors at the Thurmond Depot watch as the AMTRAK train passes by.

Thurmond, WV

During the first two decades of the 1900s, Thurmond was a classic boomtown. With the huge amounts of coal brought in from area mines, it had the largest revenue on the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway. Having many coal barons among its patrons, Thurmond's banks were the richest in the state. Fifteen passenger trains a day came through town -- its depot serving as many as 95,000 passengers a year. The town's stores and saloons did a remarkable business, and its hotels and boarding houses were constantly overflowing.

With the advent of diesel locomotives, and less coal coming in from local mines, the town began a steady decline. The many businesses closed down, and most residents moved on. Today, the town of Thurmond remains surprisingly untouched by modern development. It is a link to our past, and a town with many stories to tell. New River Gorge National Park and Preserve invites visitors to experience the impact of the industrial revolution, and the National Park Service's mission to preserve our nation's heritage.

 

 
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Thurmond

A historic RR town, Thurmond recaptures the days when steel rails, steam, and coal were the major themes in our nation's history.

Last updated: November 2, 2021

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Glen Jean , WV 25846

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304 465-0508

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