James Humphery Sr. House - Thurmond, West Virginia
Susan Rissi Tregoning
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The James Humphery Sr. House in the ghost town of Thurmond, West Virginia.
The James Humphery Sr. House, constructed before 1920, is part of the McKell section of town. The house is a basic 1 story with four rooms, two added on the back, and an enclosed basement. It is on the east side of town on the mountain above Thurmond.
A boomtown in the 1900s, Thurmond, West Virginia, was one of the busiest railroad towns along the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway. Right in the heart of the coal country, all the coal mined in the area was brought to Thurmond to be shipped out. Over fifteen passenger trains traveled through town daily, and the depot served around 75,000 visitors a year. When the diesel locomotives came along, and coal was not as widely used or mined, the businesses closed down, and residents moved on.
Like a time capsule, Thurmond still possesses all the characteristics of a 1920s Appalachian coal town. The town has been designated a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places and is part of the New River Gorge National Park.
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September 14th, 2023
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