Despite its name, New River Gorge National River is more than just a waterway. The rich natural resources in the Gorge, such as coal, put the region on the industrial map. With the advent of railway access in 1873, these natural resources became accessible to industries outside the Gorge, thus spawning boomtowns in the area. After flourishing for a time, these communities eventually declined, and today empty buildings and towns stand as silent testimonials to the diverse history and culture of the region.
Perhaps this medallion will remind you that the hiking trails near the New River are not the only places to explore. Fasten it to your hiking stick and then set your feet on the roads of old towns and communities that offer valuable glimpses into the culture and history of this region.
looks good on the walking stick, 30th May 2018
Reviewer: William Byrn
I love how the medallion looks on my cane. can you please find one for Harper's Ferry?