The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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June 24, 2013

Thurmond history tells life stories

Park rangers plan tours of famous town plus informal talks along rivers

GLEN JEAN — Every person is part of the community where they live. Exploring stories from the past is a way to look into those lives, like the tales of those who called the historic railroad town of Thurmond home. Discover legends of this famous town and its people on a site tour.

Ranger-guided walks and informal talks in New River Gorge National River and Bluestone National Scenic River provide a fun way to get outdoors and learn more about the natural world that surrounds us and the people who shaped our past.

All programs are free unless otherwise noted. Wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes for all guided hikes. Water, snacks, camera and binoculars are other useful tools to bring along.

Below is a list of this weekend’s featured ranger programs:

Daily Programs – June 25-30:

Ranger on the Rock, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Meet at Grandview’s Main Overlook. Come and go as you please for this informal program with a ranger at one of the best views of the New River Gorge. Enjoy the scenery and discuss area natural and cultural history.

Saturday, June 29:

Bluestone Walk, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Meet at the base of Pipestem Resort State Park tramway for a 2-mile walk. Walk within Bluestone National Scenic River for a mile and return. Along the way, enjoy the flora and fauna of the area and discover regional history. Bring $2 for the return tram ride.

Historic Thurmond Tour, 11 a.m. to noon. Meet at the Thurmond Depot Visitor Center for a 0.5-mile walk. What was life like in one of the New River Gorge’s most renowned towns? Meet a ranger in Thurmond’s historic district for an informal tour of this once-bustling railroad town, hearing stories of days gone by.

Sunday, June 30:

Historic Thurmond Tour, 11 a.m. to noon. Meet at the Thurmond Depot Visitor for a 0.5-mile walk. What was life like in one of the New River Gorge’s most renowned towns? Meet a ranger in Thurmond’s historic district for an informal tour of this once-bustling railroad town, hearing stories of days gone by.

For more information about New River Gorge National River and upcoming ranger activities, visit http:// www.nps.gov/neri, check out the park Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/newrivergorgenps, follow them on Twitter at https://Twitter.com/NewRiverNPS, or stop by any park visitor center.

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