On June 15, Kentucky's newest rail trail will open between West Van Lear to Royalton along the former Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad Dawkins Subdivision. The 18.5 mile Big Lovely Mountain Rail Trail will be open to pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians. One of its highlights is the 662-foot Gun Creek Tunnel and several trestles.
Thurmond, West Virginia is a fascinating town along the New River in Fayette County. With just a population of five, Thurmond served as an important stop for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad before the advent of the diesel locomotive era.
West Virginia has many miles of fantastic rail-to-trails, or railroads that have been abandoned and converted into recreational corridors. Most of the trails are not paved, and many contain impressive bridges and tunnels that make any trip exciting. And quite a few of them have remnants of their coal mining past remaining, whether it is abandoned mine portals or discarded equipment. Two of those trails are profiled: The Chesapeake & Ohio's Hawks Nest Subdivision and the Nicholas, Fayette & Greenbrier Railway.
Shenango China was once one of America's great restaurantware and dinnerware manufacturers. Located in New Castle, Pennsylvania, Shenango produced Incaware, "Castleton China" and "American Haviland," along with other brands and styles.
Descending into the hills of Kentucky, which is my home territory, is something of a ritual. Or a fix. It’s similar to a drug that you need frequent doses of to really admire. The forested hills, the rural, dated landscape, [...]
A suspicious fire was reported on February 11 at the former Glen Rogers High School in Glen Rogers, West Virginia. Completed in 1951, it was closed in 1992 when enrollment dropped under 200 students. The extent of the damage has [...]
Tonight marks the opening of the latest Abandoned gallery at Scene Ultra Lounge in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Featuring six abandonment photographs from the City News Building in Mansfield, Ohio, Indiana Army Ammunition Plant (Power Plant Building 401-1), the Lonaconing Silk Mill in [...]
The Foundry at South Strabane, a retail development near Washington, Pennsylvania, will be demolished. The first tenant to locate at The Foundry was JCPenny’s in February 2007, after it relocated from the languishing Washington Mall. Other tenants included Ross Dress for [...]