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Thurmond Ghost Town

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Address: Thurmond, WV 25936

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A must for railfans

Actually, my husband and I learned that people still live in Thurmond, WV. They show movies once a month in the Post Office that feature or mention Thurmond. The movie "Matewan... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Sue N
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Actually, my husband and I learned that people still live in Thurmond, WV. They show movies once a month in the Post Office that feature or mention Thurmond. The movie "Matewan" was filmed here. That being said, this town is a reminder of when coal was king and, as a result, communities popped up. Railfans ought to really enjoy it.... More 

Thank Sue N
Kitchener, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2017

We enjoyed our visit there. Not 100% a ghost town as there are still 5 people living there. Didn't take long to look around but we enjoyed it. Be mindful of the railway tracks as they are very active

Thank wrxcat
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016

Half the fun was getting there, Little Townships, Trailers , Old Edsel's etc.It's not really a Ghost Town , it is the remnants of a " Steam Train Town" that got killed by Diesel ! The remaining buildings & infrastructure are a reminder of days gone by which started for Thurmond in 1873 when the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway finished... More 

Thank Skeney57
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016

Not a lot here, but for anyone who enjoys taking photos along a railroad, pretty scenery and interesting history, it's well worth a stop! Hard to imagine this place used to host 500 people. Take a little walk along the tracks to explore the few remaining buildings and make sure to enjoy the river views as well. Just watch out... More 

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Westerville, Ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2016

My wife and I decided to visit Thurmond on a late afternoon side trip. You will travel down narrow road along the railroad, just follow the signs. We did the trip in a minivan and did not have any problems. Its well worth the visit, but I would do it earlier in the day that we did so you get... More 

Thank Thomas B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016 via mobile

I rated this a five do to its photogenic nature. The town is abandoned but still in good shape. The train still comes thru there so you must take care not to be on the track which are very close to the town. Most children would not enjoy this as there is nothing for them to eat, drink or do.... More 

Thank luvurworld
Eastern Shore Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Ditto on not driving to Thurmond with a large vehicle. Probably not good for someone who gets car sick either. It was a great drive on a sunny fall day in our Camaro with the top down if you like winding roads. Found the history interesting of how a bustling town can slide downhill to become totally deserted in just... More 

Thank passlaw2
Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016

I would not try to make the drive to Thurmond if you are pulling a trailer or driving a large RV. The road (paved and gravel) was very narrow (one lane in some parts) and curvy. I loved this old town and would have loved to spend more time there but it was starting to get dark. It had also... More 

Thank cheryl h
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016 via mobile

We ran across information on Thurmond while visiting Beckley, West Virginia. After a short drive and crossing the single land steel bridge, we arrived at Thurmond. It's always interesting to learn about history, especially about out coal mine towns. The town exploration is worthwhile. The current Amtrak station has a lot posted information as well.

Thank djremosnyc
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

We decided to stop at Thurmond after seeing in in the film at the New River Gorge visitors center. This little ghost town was the best stop during our week road trip. It's eerie knowing this use to be a bustling stop on the tracks. It was beautiful and worth the time to visit. I highly recommend for history buffs... More 

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