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Pocahontas County Visitor Center (Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Station)

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Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Station
1901, 1980s. 8th St. and 4th Ave.
  • Pocahontas County Visitor Center (Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Station)

This one-story board-and-batten railroad station with broad eaves is typical of the sort once found in small towns across the nation. It was, in fact, built from the standard design used for stations on the C&O line. It is virtually identical to the depot on the C&O main line at Alderson ( MO22) and to a replica built in 1979 at Cass ( PC12). Architecturally, the type combines Victorian-era decorative motifs with practicality. A polygonal bay, a feature also often used in houses of the period, allowed the stationmaster to look up and down the tracks to see arriving or departing trains. The trackside bay terminates in a gable decorated with a modicum of Eastlake trim. To the northeast, in line with the station, a small frame warehouse survives, having been moved across the track in 1913.

Even before service on the C&O's Greenbrier Division dwindled to one freight train a week in the 1970s and then ceased altogether, most stations had been demolished. This survivor was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, and a long-term restoration began in 1981. The building is now painted the creamy yellow with terra-cotta base and white trim of the station's second color scheme and is surrounded by railroad-era paraphernalia and signage. It now houses a visitor center and the offices of the county's Visitor and Convention Bureau.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.

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