a five days coast to coast poetry festival

DAY 1 New York | New Jersey | Pennsylvania | Delaware | Maryland | District Of Columbia | Virginia | West Virginia | Kentucky | Day 2 Ohio | Indiana | Illinois | Iowa | Missouri | DAY 3 Kansas | Colorado | New Mexico | Arizona | California


Thurmond is a town in Fayette County, West Virginia, United States, on the New River. It’s the least-populous municipality in West Virginia. The population was five at the 2020 census. During the heyday of coal mining in the New River Gorge, Thurmond was a prosperous town with a number of businesses and facilities for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway.

14-year-long card party

Two hotels were in the town; one was called the Lafayette (known locally as the “Lay-flat”), which was close to the railroad. The McKell family owned The Dunglen Hotel that became notorious for hosting a 14-year-long card party. This 100-room hotel, which opened in 1901, became a nationally known resort, it burned down in 1930, marking the beginning of a decline that had Thurmond a virtual ghost town by the 1950s. 

Great American Stations

The C&O passenger railway depot in town was renovated in 1995 and now functions as a Park Service visitor center. The entire town is a designated historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. Thurmond was accessible solely by rail until 1921. Amtrak, the national passenger rail service, provides service to Thurmond on the Cardinal route. It is the second-least used Amtrak station after Sanderson, Texas.

Adress: Hwy 25 & Hwy 2, Thurmond, WV 25936
Annual Ticket Revenue (FY 2022): $26,876
Annual Station Ridership (FY 2022): 382