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Address: Thurmond, WV 25936

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neat place to stop

If you've every wanted to see a ghost town stop here. There is a working rail road station still in use. Right down the road within walking distance is the old coal town once used... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 7, 2014
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Ferdinand, IN
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67 reviews 67 reviews
39 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

If you've every wanted to see a ghost town stop here. There is a working rail road station still in use. Right down the road within walking distance is the old coal town once used to haul coal form the mines. Some of the old stores are still standing as well as some of the small houses built into the... More 

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Satellite Beach, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
28 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This was my last stop in my WV vacation. After seeing the New River Bridge, doing the bridgewalk, and visiting Hawks Nest, Beckley, Grandview, The Highland Scenic Highway, Babcock, Twin Falls, Tamarack, Mystery Hole, Cranberry Glades, Catherdral Falls,Kanawha Falls and Bearstown State Park. Firstly it's a long and windy drive to get to Thurmond. The train station is basic and... More 

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Morgantown, WV
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I've lived in West Virginia for about 10 years now and Thurmond is one of those places I keep coming back to. The town has a ton of history and it's a railfan's dream with many trains passing through on "Main Street" each day. Be sure to visit the NPS visitor center in the Thurmond Depot to learn about the... More 

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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44 reviews 44 reviews
26 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

It takes a trip over hill and dale on a winding backroad to visit Thurmond, but for a history enthusiast the trip is worth it. The visitor center is maintained by the NPS in the old Thurmond Depot which has been restored to the appearance of it's heyday. The ranger on duty the day of our visit was warm and... More 

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Palm Bay
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We had an excellent time meandering around at our own pace exploring the old "train town" ! Seems like most of the natives and residents of Beckley and surrounding communities have no idea of the exisitance of this historical area. Wonderful drive in along the creeks & waterfalls > National Park service has an exhibition there and has quite a... More 

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62 reviews 62 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Only a few buildings standing, but a neat little town due to the history. When you approach the town you have to go across a one lane train bridge (pretty cool) then just park at the train station. Walk over to the left along the train tracks to see the town. The day we went there were several train workers... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Do not go after dark. We were a little lost on the way and ended up there at dusk to find ourselves in a scary movie scene well over a year ago. While that episode is memorable, it is not over, I will return without hesitation for clips with plenty of daylight to spare and at least two passengers. I... More 

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Avon, Ohio
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1,340 helpful votes 1,340 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

Thurmond, a virtual ghost town with only three year round residents, was once a booming coal mining, railroading and banking town; if fact, in 1910 Thurmond had the greatest revenue along the mainline of the C&O railroad, producing more freight tonnage than both Cincinnati and Richmond combined. It is amazing to see how remote and isolated this one time center... More 

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Sterling, Virginia, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

The drive to the Thurmond Depot is spectacular. It winds along a creek that has many photo ops. The town and depot itself is amazing and really gives one the feel of the town in its heyday. The visitors center is great. This place is a photographers dream especially if one is lucky enough to have a coal train or... More 

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Altoona, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

Thurmond is a almost deserted town. The National Park Service has displays on both the first and second floors of the former train station which now serves as the visitor center. There are displays in the windows of the former businesses in town. The road into town is narrow in places but it is paved and I didn't have any... More 

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