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Love your site. Thank you for taking the time to put this together. I grew up here ( i'm 42)and have moved away several times. From 1999-2009 i lived in Stoughton, Ma. It's funny, WV history was never important to me until i moved away. Ya only love her when ya let her go i guess! lol

Have a great Day, Thanks again.


Added: May 26, 2015
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Jerry, I think Tim Keeley nailed it on CHS! Looks the same, and even the ditch, and the board leads to Blackhawk Holler!

Admin reply: I'm still not positive. Example: When the South Side Bridge closed and they had to use the Ferry to cross the river, TWO THOUSAND PEOPLE FROM SOUTH HILLS had to park somewhere to catch the Ferry. I'm not even positive that EITHER of these locations are what's in the photo...yet.


Added: May 24, 2015
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Admin reply: No. None that I'm aware of.


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Added: May 17, 2015
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Photo looks like it was taken on MacCorkle Avenue going towards Marmet. The Marmet Locks opened in the mid-1930's, and would discharge water from the Marmet side from time to time. Could this be people waiting to see this downriver a few miles near Kanawha City shortly after the locks were completed? The river seems to be the Kanawha. This is one puzzling photo!

Added: May 6, 2015
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I cannot make out what it says on the bus but it is an old Greyhound bus and I can make out the Greyhounds before and after the wording. I was wondering if that was some kind of lodge in the upper corner and all the people (men) may be there. The only tracks that might run that close to the river would be up Elk or Coal River that I know of.

Added: April 13, 2015
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Let's assume that this MIGHT be MacCorkle Avenue before it was made four lane. Could it be that the boards lead to an upper track? And maybe the lower track was elevated at the time of MacCorkle expansion? The river looks too wide to be Elk or Coal. And I know you said that the tracks had always been two wide on the C and O side, but have they? I'm thinking that they may not have added the second set of tracks until sometime near mid-century. I really don't know, but it's something to research.

Admin reply: Here's my second thought on the photo: This photo was taken at the same time as the new South Side bridge was being built. The city hired a Ferry to take people from South Hills to Capitol Street. (this would explain the nice clean cars). The Ferry landing was the old Ferry Branch site, which today is at the very end of Corridor G where it meets the South Side Expressway. As for the kids in the photo: The county hired buses to take them from the South Side, all the way to the new Patrick Street Bridge and back into downtown Charleston for school. That might explain the stopped bus. The only thing that doesn't fit is those railroad tracks. I cant find any map (yet) that shows the tracks that close to the river at Ferry Branch. Not even a spur line. (and a spur line wouldnt look that substantial I dont think)


Added: April 1, 2015
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The Mystery Photo is at Coonskin Park. The river is Elk river also there were riding stables just up from where photo was taken. It all fits with the RRtracks, the river ect.

Added: March 28, 2015
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looks like daniel boone park to me

Admin reply: The tracks are too close to the river, (they were closer to the hill before the Interstate came along and moved them out) and the road is too small to have been Rt 60.


Added: March 8, 2015
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Admin reply: Well, in the case of Coonskin, the tracks didnt run that close to the river as far as I remember. The reason the tracks would be limited to the north side (if in fact is is the north side) is that that side side always had double tracks. The Charleston Interurban Railroad as far as I know, never came that close to the river either, other than when they used the standard railroad line to cross the Kanawha. I also think that the tracks in the photo are much too perfect, too expensive for the Interurban. I still cant figure out why all those people are there.

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Jerry


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