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A guide to Thurmond A forgotten mountainside town


Once bustling population centers that have since been deserted are part of America’s fabric—from the gold rush towns and villages of the Old West to the abandoned mines and industrial heavyweights in the East. These places all hold a fascination for travelers; whether it’s because of their dynamic histories, tales of forgotten lore, haunted reputations, or simply the chance to tour still standing relics of a past that no longer exists.

Thurmond, West Virginia is one such place—known as the Heart of the New River Gorge, the town is now virtually abandoned yet still stands as a relatively untouched testament to its illustrious past as a railroad town. 

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