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From: Jim Dent jdent1 AT optonline DOT net
Date: Sat, 29 Mar 2008 09:21:30 -0400
Subject: Marlinton WV
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Fire destroys historic Marlinton depot
Mar 28, 2008 @ 03:20 PM

MARLINTON, W.Va. (AP) _ A bright yellow beacon of the past, a lovingly
restored train depot along the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad, is gone after
107 years.

Fire destroyed the station in Marlinton, listed on the National Register
of Historic Places, early Friday morning. The building had housed the
Pocahontas County Convention and Visitors Bureau and served as a
reminder of the region's long-ago timber boom.

No one was hurt, but the fire department declared the structure a total

"We were the only existing depot that had its original furniture," said
Shirley Adams of the tourism office.

Among the lost items were a two-seat desk, a semaphore used to signal
trains and a telegraph. A wall featuring planks of various native woods
also was destroyed.

The building was renovated sometime after the trains quite running in 1978.

The C&O Railroad was begun in 1868 and finished in 1873, linking
Huntington with Richmond, Va., and opening up southern West Virginia to

Pocahontas County has preserved three other depots: the Durbin Depot on
Route 250; the Clover Lick Depot at milepost 71.2 on the Greenbrier
River Trail; and the Cass Depot, starting point for the Cass Scenic

All are on the National Register.


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