A Town Called Thurmond
Thurmond, West Virginia was a town that sprang up around the coal industry in the New River Gorge around the end of the 19th century. Until 1921, the town was only accessible by rail, despite the remote location, it once featured two hotels, two banks and a population of almost 500. Modern day Thurmond is a ghost town for the most part only having about five residents according to the 2010 census.
According to Ripley's Believe It Or Not; Thurmond was the home to the world's longest running poker game which lasted for 14 years. It also served as the location for the 1987 film "Matewan". The Thurmond train station can be seen in the background of the film poster below.
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The Thurmond train depot, this building serves as a visitor center and is also an active Amtrak boarding location.
Near the end of town sits the house used in the filming of Matewan, despite being stabilized by the park service, the house is in drastic need of repair.
If you watch the film, you'll notice the same pink wallpaper seen here in the background during the dining room scenes.
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