Volunteers from the conservation group Friends of Blackwater recently partnered with the U.S. Forest Service to improve the historic railroad roundhouse foundation located along the Blackwater Canyon Rail Trail near the Tucker County, West Virginia Town of Thomas.
The roundhouse was used to turn trains arriving in Thomas around, and send them back down the Canyon. All that is left today is its massive foundation, which shows today’s visitors the huge scale of industrial operations in the area.
The roundhouse foundations were overgrown and difficult to see from the new historic signs that Friends of Blackwater had installed in June to interpret the site.
Volunteers Lucy Duff, Moriah Munsch, Angie Lipscomb, Tom Rodd, and Ira Rodd worked to clear vegetation and make the structure visible from the trail. Forest Service archaeologists Gavin Hale and Jesse Morton were on hand to help with the work and provide historic information…