New River Gorge: Grand View
A few weeks ago I took a trip down to southern West Virginia to deliver some new prints to Tamarack and also to explore the area around Beckley. This region is generally described as West Virginia’s Coal Heritage region.
The New River Gorge is designated as a National River and is administered by the National Park Service. The overlook at Grand View provides a spectacular view of the New River.
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Little remains of the myriad of coal mines and small towns that came up in the late nineteenth century to exploit the high quality “smokeless coal” that was found in the New River area. The rail line and the small yard at Qunnimont is still active.
For those interested in the history of West Virginia, the New River Gorge is one of the most important regions.