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Fayette County, West Virginia


"Thurmond: The Heart of the New River Gorge"

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Statistics & Facts

The West Virginia state capital is Charleston.
The population of Thurmond is approximately 8 (1990), 5 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 5 (1990), 4 (2010).
The amount of land area in Thurmond is 0.164 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Thurmond to Washington DC is 280 miles.
The distance to the West Virginia state capital is 65 miles. (as the crow flies)
Thurmond is positioned 37.96 degrees north of the equator and 81.08 degrees west of the prime meridian.
The city tree is the Oak.
The city bird is the Pileated Woodpecker.
The Thurmond city color is Green.

History & History Related Items

Thurmond was an important railroading center in the abundant New River Coal fields of West Virginia. Established shortly after the C&O railway laid track through the rugged New River Gorge in 1873, Thurmond was incorporated in 1903. At one time between 400 and 500 people lived in Thurmond. Most residents worked for the railroad or in support occupations. Gradually the demand and supply of coal waned and diesel engines replace the labor-intensive steam locomotives. Today only eight people live in Thurmond, now a part of New River Gorge National River. The town is cherished by railfans, former residents and history buffs from all over the world. The natural beauty of Thurmond, on a great ! bend of a rugged river, set within the walls of a deep gorge attracts hikers, mountain bikers, hunters, fishermen, and others to the area. (information from the National Park Service Library)
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Mountain Biking is the favorite sport in Thurmond. 87% of the residents are mountain bikers. Three trails open to mountain bikers start across the river from Thurmond. These trails are maintained by the National Park Service and are also open to hikers. Dogs are not encouraged within the park, but may accompany you if on a leash.
The New River Gorge
Thurmond Supply -Supplies to help you enjoy the New River Gorge, everything you will need!
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Thurmond Libraries

The Thurmond Community Library, a privately-operated public library, - Thurmond's library services have changed as the population has declined. At present, the librarian provides online searches for information requested by community members.
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