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Chesapeake & Ohio Railraod, Hinton Yards, Hinton, Summers County, WV



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Hinton Yards, Hinton, WV

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER WV-43
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-25).
Building/structure dates: 1900 initial construction
Significance: Hinton lies in a mountainous area of southern West Virginia at a point where the Greenbriar River flows into the New River. Only six families lived in the area when the railroad arrived, bought the land, subdivided it, and laid out the town in 1871. The C&O donated the land for the present courthouse in 1873, and the following year Hinton became the county seat of Summers County. ... Hinton was chosen as a major division point on the C&O in 1872, one of twelve on the C&O mainline. Its significance to the railroad cannot be overstated, because it was the point of transition between the mountainous Alleghany subdivision to the east, and the rugged New River subdivision to the west. The narrow strip that is now Hinton was developed from the start as a major main line rail center because of its strategic location.

Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

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