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Points of Interest — and Imagination — Along West Virginia’s Midland Trail


As often as I return to Stephen King’s work, my respect for his ability to take twenty-six letters of the alphabet, toss them in the air and produce indelible tales meets resistance with the recollection of his words, “Small towns harbor small imaginations.” With all due respect to a master storyteller, I would encourage the author to visit his choice of small towns in rural America and find out that just the opposite is often true. In fact, a number of his stories take place in these very so-called unimaginative places. 

Most recently, his words echoed in my mind as I read about the proposed development of a thirty-mile section of the Midland Trail, which runs along Route 60 in West Virginia, from the small town of Malden in Kanawha County east to Gauley Bridge in neighboring Fayette County. Past and present, there’s plenty of imagination to be found in this slice of rural America.

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