Submitted by Name: Chuck Halstead From: Charleston, WV E-mail: Contact
Comments: 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
Submitted by Name: Gary Pauley From: Charleston W V E-mail: Contact
Comments: 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
Submitted by Name: joe d. From: charleston E-mail: Contact
Comments: 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
Submitted by Name: Rob Hardman From: Charleston E-mail: Contact
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.
Added: March 1, 2015
Submitted by Name: Bert Rixner From: Charleston WV ( currently )
Comments: Great Mystery photo of Sunday, March 1, 2015.
My first thought was the people are waiting for a train carrying a presidential candidate through--could this be? I'm not familiar enough with the area to guess where the photo might have been taken.
I look forward to your photos and Moments in Time. Thank you
Added: March 1, 2015
Submitted by Name: David L Hutchison From: St Albans W.Va E-mail: Contact
Comments: I am amazed at the content. WV may not be big time but it is certainly HOME. I live in Hopkins SC. Was stationed at Fort Jackson and lingered. Bonnie wanted flat lands and I wanted hills so a good comprimize. You have done fantastic work and I, for one,admire and appreciate it.
Added: February 15, 2015
Submitted by Name: Beth From: Michigan E-mail: Contact
Comments: Just stumbled across your website while doing research into my family tree! Wondering if you have any info on the West Virginia Training School and Mission, in Point Pleasant. My mom and my aunt grew up there in the 40's and 50's. I actually found your site while trying to find more info on the mental hospital, because I'd wondered if my grandmother might have spent some time there. She had a nervous breakdown and took my mom and my aunt to her brother's house in PP, told them to watch the kids so she could go get some bullets for her gun because she was going to shoot them then herself! That's how they ended up in the orphanage. I don't know if my grandmother was taken to the mental hospital there in PP, but sure would like to find out! At any rate, would love to know more if you have any info or pictures. Thanks!
Admin reply: There was a West Virginia Training School, but it was way up the river at St Marys. PP had a Black training school for boys however.
Added: December 30, 2014
Submitted by Name: Jeffrey C Morris From: Charleston, currently in Cary, N.C. E-mail: Contact
Comments: Just to let you know that one of your contributors, (Elk School Train) Curtis M Morris, my father, passed away on December 11 after a short fight with pancreatic cancer. I was regaled for years by dad's stories of riding the school train, and remember myself watching the long coal trains lumber down those tracks when I would spend summers at my grandparents house near Pentacre,right down the hollow from Quick. We took him back from NC for burial back in WVA...in my mothers families cemetery near Walton. Love your site... J.C. Morris
Added: December 21, 2014
Submitted by Name: Amber Diehl From: Milton, West Virginia E-mail: Contact
Submitted by Name: Lloyd D. Lewis From: Kenova, WV E-mail: Contact
Comments: VERY NICELY DONE,Mr. Waters! I have just seen your photo titled "C&O Bridge" in "The Charleston Gazette" for Monday, November 24. 2-14. I know the man who used to do this same old photo printing in "The Gazette" every Monday. I cannot now, however, now think of his name. Have you taken his place? What is his name, PLEASE? And his phone number and address. YOUR PHOTOS ARE ALL EXCELLENT -- and so is your website! Thank you very much for sharing your photos! I sure look forward to your response. Lloyd.................