Blue Ridge Country: Hinton, WV is revising its story and its future

BY JOAN VANNORSDALL FOR BLUE RIDGE COUNTRY

When the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway reached Hinton, West Virginia, in 1873, only six families lived there. Thirty-three years later, the population had blossomed to 6,000. By 1925, the city enjoyed a well-equipped hospital, a $100,000 luxury hotel, a four-story Masonic theatre, many shops and three banks, several newspapers, and one of only four Carnegie libraries in West Virginia.

The Hinton C&O yard employed hundreds. Steam engines pulled coal trains through Hinton, were serviced in the roundhouse, and continued east to Talcott and through Great Bend Tunnel, where legendary steel-driving John Henry went up against the steam drill and won.  Hinton’s Big Four Building was home to four powerful railroad unions.

You can guess the next chapter in Hinton’s railroad story: diesel engines requiring less maintenance came in the 1950s, and the Roundhouse laid off workers…

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