My jot of photography and history sometimes takes me to out-of-the-way places. I not only enjoy taking photos but also learning the history of what ends up as a photo on my computer. This adventure took me to Thurmond, West Virginia, a once thriving town with only a handful of residents still there.
Thurmond is different from the other abandoned ghosts towns along the New River in West Virginia as it was a was not built around a coal mine but on the needs of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad who served many of the mining towns.
During the towns heydays between 1900 and 1930, a passenger depot, freight station, engine house, water tank, coal and sand towers all were constructed, along with hotels, New River Banking and Trust Company, Armour Meat Company meat-packing plant, stores, boarding houses and restaurants.
In 1930, there were 462 residents and according to the 2010 census, only 5 residents were left. Basically my kind of place for photos.
In the “old days” it took a very expensive lens to get this effect..Photoshop..2 seconds.
Falls Park on the Reedy is a 26 acre park located in downtown Greenville, South Carolina. I have visited this town several times and absolutely have no idea how I missed this absolutely spectacular park.
Reading about the area’s history, this part of downtown was very industrial and companies would use the river to dump their waste. They have done an awesome job of revitalizing this area. I particularly like the abandoned brick building that rather than tear it down, they stabilized it with structural steel and now use the inside for events. Great job Greenville!!