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New River, Hinton WV

New River, Hinton WV
Made by Richard and Cindy Krause
We spent a night at a hotel in Hinton, West Virginia. The New River flowed below our balcony. We got to the small motel and as soon as we opened the door, a thick odor of pot wafted out. It smelled like it was mixed with some sort of spice. . The manager appeared and brought more scent with her. She was an Asian lady who spoke pretty good English and was very funny. It was obvious we had surprised her. She asked if we were rich, said she wanted my shirt, and gushed on and on about Cindy's little yellow mule. I guess she had been smoking plenty if she thought I was rich. We checked in and were given the key to the Honeymoon Suite. We asked where we could find a local restaurant with a river view and were directed a hundred yards down the two-lane. She mentioned the food was all fresh and they would even fry up some green tomatoes if we l liked them. She had some tomatoes growing out by the swimming pool and she provided three in short order. As we headed to our room on the second floor we passed an open room and the same odor wafted out. They were smoking the same brand. There was only one tractor trailer (McDonalds Distributor) in the lot other than Cindy's little mule. When we passed back by on the way out the door was still open. We walked to the restaurant and took a place on the balcony and sure enough, they fried up some of the tomatoes and even the waitress had some.

West Virginia: Hinton: Summers: The C&O Station & the Railroad YMCA building

West Virginia: Hinton: Summers: The C&O Station & the Railroad YMCA building
Made by Chuck & Alice Riecks
This is the stop not only for Hinton, but also for Athens, home of Concord University, Princeton, and Bluefileld West Virginia, and Bluefield and Giles County Virginia. There is a heated waiting area on the first floor of this station. However there is no Amtrak station agent or checked baggage service available on any train for passengers boarding or deboarding at this stop. The second floor, currently not open, at one time was the Division Point for the New River Division of the C&O Railroad. The old CTC Board was removed and is at the Hinton Railroad Museum located less than 2 blocks away in the Hinton Railroad Museum. The YMCA building, located just behind the station, is now a Senior Services Center run by a group connected to the West Virginia Commission on Aging. In the Fall of each year, the Collis P. Huntington Chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society, runs special New River Fall Foliage trips from Huntington and St. Albans West Virginia, here to Hinton and back. For more information on this trip go to: www.newrivertrain.com/. On the same days, the town of Hinton has a big festival that they call Railroad Days where the town celebrates its railroad heritage.

Old Log Meeting House

Old Log Meeting House
Made by rcvernors
This stout little log structure was built in 1872 to be used as a local meeting place and a church for River Ridge residents. It is located on the crest of River Ridge in Summers County West Virginia overlooking Bluestone Lake and near to the Bluestone National Scenic River, Pipestem Resort State Park, and Bluestone State Park. The meeting house is now only opened annually on the 2nd Sunday of September in order to host a homecoming for descendants of the River Ridge area. (Primarily the descendants of the Lane and Martin families.) The homecoming starts with church services inside the meeting house. After services are over the attendees bring traditional covered-dishes and eat at picnic tables located in the shade behind the meeting house. At the 2010 Homecoming The Smith Sisters provided some fine singing. When first constructed in 1872, this meeting house had a dirt floor, chestnut wood shingles, windows made of wax treated paper protected from the elements by shutters, leather hinges were used for the shutters and doors, and a small iron wood-burning stove was the only source of heat.

Kroger superstore, Hinton, WV

Kroger superstore, Hinton, WV
Made by Andrew T...
Moving a county and a half over to Hinton, West Virginia, we discover yet another '70s superstore...although unlike either of the two previously mentioned, this one remains in operation. Next door is an attached with similar brick facing; although I suspect it may have been something else originally. Both stores are located on the banks of the New River. I can't imagine a more picturesque location for a grocery store. I remember visiting this store once in the mid '90s: At the time, the store still had its original exterior signs (a large backlit rectangle with KROGER in block letters and a hexagonal Delicatessen/Bakery promotion over the entrance) and a number of older details inside; such as original 1970s checkout conveyors. Since then the store has been further remodeled both inside and out, but fortunately it still feels like a piece from its time. The aisles in this store are very narrow, and the original superstore floor tiles are (mostly) intact.

Talcott West Virginia:  Summers County: Great Bend Tunnel

Talcott West Virginia: Summers County: Great Bend Tunnel
Made by Chuck & Alice Riecks
This tunnel was dug by the original C & O Railroad in order to avoid having to follow the Greenbrier River through 3 mile long series of bends. Coincidentally, this bore became tthe traditional setting for the John Henry Ballad though there is recent research to indicate that while the tune may have started here, the actual race was further east at the Charles Lewis tunnel. Even if you accept this as the actual place where the steel drivin' race took place, note the song says it was the Big Bend Tunnel. However, you will note that it is clearly labled the Great Bend Tunnel. The Big Bend Tunnel is the newer bore just to the south drilled through by the C&O during the early 1930's. As you travel on the eastbound Cardinal look out and back down the track where you have come from on the north side of the train just after you clear the Big Bend tunnel about 15 miles east of Hinton WV. This is the portal you will see.

Nicest part of town

Nicest part of town
Made by p2wy
Hinton, WV's downtown is listed in the US Registry of Historic places. This ex-railroad hub's population was once 4x as big as it is now. There are beautiful abandoned Victorians, blocks of company rowhouses and 5 and 6 story office/apartments downtown...all empty. The setting is so beautiful as well...this entire area is one of the most beautiful places I've been. Ever. Yet it's slowly falling apart. There are no jobs here, no immigrant families, no young people. I'm posting some pictures that are less than artistic because I want to show what has happened here.

Annual Lane/Martin Family Reunion

Annual Lane/Martin Family Reunion
Made by rcvernors
That's my Uncle Jimmie Lane in light blue and my Uncle Freddie Lane in dark blue. I don't know the name of the nice lady on the left, but I guess I'm related to her. The lady in the pink striped blouse is my Aunt Lucille Lane-Sowards, and the woman in the embroidered shirt that's looking directly at the camera is my Mother Bonnie Lane-Childers. I don't know who the lady sitting in the background is either.

Panorama Of The Bluestone Dam

Panorama Of The Bluestone Dam
Made by rcvernors
View On Black This panorama should have been about twice as wide but the separate images were so distorted at the edges that I couldn't stitch them back together. I messed up. That's my Aunt Lucille Sowards in pink, my Mom Bonnie Childers in black, and , my youngest son Adam. And the Bluestone Dam near Hinton WV.

John Henry statue, 1986

John Henry statue, 1986
Made by Andrew T...
This statue of American folklore hero John Henry stands on highway 3 over a C&O railroad tunnel near the town of Talcott, West Virginia. According to legends, John Henry raced against a steam-powered hammer in the construction of a tunnel and won; only to die in victory afterwards. Along with a couple other places, Talcott is reputed to be the location where the battle took place.

Bluestone Lake, Summers County, WV

Bluestone Lake, Summers County, WV
Made by Andrew T...
Bluestone Lake is an artificial lake on the New River south of Hinton, West Virginia. It was formed by the construction of the a little ways downstream; constructed between 1941 and 1952. The lake is a popular spot for fishing and water recreation; bounded by Bluestone State Park. It also happened to be a bit frozen on the day I shot this scene; back at the end of 2000...

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) Juvenille

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) Juvenille
Made by shrinksteve
The Bald Eagles are returning in ever greater numbers to Bluestone lake and the surrounding rivers in southern West Virginia. Only a few minutes on the shore this morning and I spotted three again. This was the last I saw and truly the closest sighting for me personally. It is a juvenille as far as I can tell, with worn plumage, meaning it is approaching its first birthday!

John Henry Statue

John Henry Statue
Made by jpmueller99
Here is a statue of the famous folk hero John Henry. The stautue is in a small park/overlook far above the CSX Big Bend tunnel. Travel along WV Routes 63, 12 and 3 between This sign explains the tunnel that is far below the John Henry overlook. Travel along WV Routes 63, 12 and 3 between Ronceverte and Hinton is both historic and beautiful.

Bluestone Lake in Southern West Virginia

Bluestone Lake in Southern West Virginia
Made by ojojunkie
This is Bluestone Lake in Summers County, (southern) West Virginia (about twenty miles from my house). Bluestone State Park is located here as well. And, Pipestem Resort State Park is just a few miles away. Pipestem has an aerial tramway to one of their lodges located at the bottom of Bluestone Gorge.

Fog over New River

Fog over New River
Made by laserbub
The New River through Summers county West Virginia, just up stream from the confluence of the New and Bluestone rivers and the Bluestone Dam. Within a short time after sun up the fog burned off then the frost on the trees in the lower forty began to disappear as well. Winter 2004

The New River Train 2007

The New River Train 2007
Made by jpmueller99
There were many private cars on this year's New River Train. This shot was taken during the three hour layover in Hinton, WV on October 21st. This picture is of the last car of 28 passenger cars. The front of the train consisted of Amtrak coaches followed by the private varnish.

John Henry statue, 1999

John Henry statue, 1999
Made by Andrew T...
Another view of the John Henry statue from the photo archives; taken in summer 1999. Note that in the intervening 13 years, a chain-link fence had been erected guarding visitors from the cliff, and the serrations around the base of the statue had been removed.

The "ladies room"

The "ladies room"
Made by rcvernors
The old retired ladies room in the back and the newer ladies room on the left. These are for the Old Log Church which is the 2nd oldest church in WV. The first woman to enter the ladies room found a big brown spider and she came right back out in a hurry.

Hinton WV: Summers County: Chessie System Yards 1971

Hinton WV: Summers County: Chessie System Yards 1971
Made by Chuck & Alice Riecks
A Shot of the old Turntable and Roundhouse taken in 1971. Today these buildings and the related railroad appliances are all gone. When the Cardinal passes through this area, just west of the Passenger Station, all the passenger will see is barren fields.

New River with Fog and Clouds

New River with Fog and Clouds
Made by ojojunkie
This picture is of the New River and was taken just before dusk West of Hinton, West Virginia (Summers County). My wife and I had just been to Sandstone Falls and had gotten rained out. As we returned the shower ended and I was rewarded with this scene.

Jordan's Chapel

Jordan's Chapel
Made by rcvernors
The Historic Landmark sign reads: Jordan's Chapel 1st frame church in the area, located .8 mi. NW. Built 1852 in the Greek Revival style. Prominent local brothers Gordon & Thomas Jordan gave land and lumber. Used by the Methodists many years.



Nearest places of interest:

Untertuerkheim Railway station
Untert├╝rkheim U-Bahn station
Green Hill Park with Caboose
McAffee Knob
  Covington, Virginia
Lake Sherwood
Luginsland
Daimler AG

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