A Town Called Thurmond

April 14, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

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.

I've taken this collection of images over the years showing the present condition of the town. If you are close enough to make a visit it is well worth it.  Check it out on Google Maps



Today, you'll find a landscape still dominated by the railway, a collection of houses perched along the slopes, a renovated train station, several remaining commercial buildings, a coaling tower and various remnants of structures from the town's past.

Historical Images Credit- http://www.nps.gov

Prints of these images can be purchased at the following link. Proceeds from the sale of prints help me to keep capturing new images such as the ones you see here. Thank you!  -Print Gallery

 

 

The Thurmond train depot, this building serves as a visitor center and is also an active Amtrak boarding location.

 

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The Thurmond Post Office was established in 1888 and served the community till 1995. Thurmond, West Virginia The Town of Thurmond Thurmond, West Virginia The Town of Thurmond

 



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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.

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If you watch the film, you'll notice the same pink wallpaper seen here in the background during the dining room scenes.

      

 



 

 

 

 


Source of Historic Images:

http://www.nps.gov/ner/photosmultimedia/photogallery.htm?id=3D726CBE-155D-451F-67157F056D2286BB


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