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Rare memoir recalls national park before Thurmond ghost town

Riding horseback, Captain William Thurmond was a familiar site in the New River Gorge.
THURMOND, W.Va. — Perhaps no small town in West Virginia has gained the worldwide notoriety that the tiny Town of Thurmond has enjoyed. A...

West Virginia once among chief manufacturers of glassware

Decorative glassware has been fired in West Virginia throughout much of the century.
West Virginia was once among the world's chief exporters of glass, supporting more than 400 factories through the 20th century. Now, only a handful...

Scrap marker remains to recount the tale of terrifying "Likker Charlie"...

CAMP CREEK, W.Va. — Only a few local historians may remember the obscure and chilling tale of Charles Anderson Mills, more infamously known in...

Public invited to open house Oct. 15 at Wyoming County landmark

The Itmann Company Store complex is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
ITMANN, W.Va. — Foxfire Realty and the Wyoming County Historical Society will host an open house for the public from 10 a.m. until 4...

Historic Nuttalburg mine, ghost town may be accessible soon

The Nuttalburg tipple greets visitors to a remote corner of the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve.
Access to one of the most important mining heritage sites in the U.S. will reopen again soon, though officials have no timeline for restoration...

UBB Mine Disaster Memorial has helped some heal

UBB Memorial at Whitesville
All it took was a spark to ignite an explosion that sent hurricane-force winds tearing through mines beneath the mountains near Montcoal in southern...

Dunlow depot added to National Register of Historic Places

Lone remnant of railroading at Dunlow, the depot has been added to the National Register.
DUNLOW, W.Va. — The small, unincorporated community of Dunlow on WV-152 in southern Wayne County typically does not stir interest among passersby. Drive too...

National Coal Heritage Area calls for grant applications

A photo of a deserted coal camp curated by the W.Va. Mine Wars Museum, funded in part by the National Coal Heritage Area Authority.
The National Coal Heritage Area Authority to support community efforts to interpret, preserve, and promote coal heritage resources is seeking proposals for funding for...

Little "Two Mules and a Pony" rail line ran in eastern...

BURLINGTON, W.Va. — Railroads in West Virginia are most often associated with the export of coal and timber, but at least one small railway...

Museum installing monuments to commemorate Mine Wars

Community members gather to plan a Mine Wars monument installation at Marmet.
MATEWAN, W.Va. — The first of two monuments commemorating the Battle of Blair Mountain in West Virginia will be installed this weekend in Logan...

Heroic Nina Paden ferry won many hearts in service

The Nina Paden docks at Belpre, Ohio. Parkersburg, with its tall courthouse tower, lines the Ohio River in the background.
The Nina Paden and its skipper wheeled beyond the call of duty in ferrying the Ohio River at Parkersburg, West Virginia. Of all the...

Mine Wars scholar: new generation rediscovering conflict

Miners are armed for battle during the West Virginia Mine Wars.
A new generation is discovering the history of the West Virginia Mine Wars, says a scholar who will speak as a guest lecturer Oct....

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