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empty and wild by eastern standards and almost entirely devoid of industry, and
where there is a factory or a power plant it looks like a ancient relic worthy
of historical preservation. In some ways I feel much more removed from the
modern world here than in the mountain valleys in the West.
The Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs is one of the
grandest resorts in America and particularly popular with the movers and
... have slaves but the circumstances of the time made it hard for him to free the slaves. If they were made free, under Virginian state law they would have to leave the state after 12 months. This would make them homeless. Also, he was the father of several children with one of the slaves, Sally Hemming, although he did not admit to it during his lifetime but it has been proven through DNA. He did give 5 slaves freedom on his death. It took some time ...
... the fact that all of the headend weight rests on driven wheels makes for an enormously powerful, if slow-moving engine.
That makes it easy to chase... as long as there are roads and vistas. Those are in somewhat scant supply but not so scarce or hard to reach as to deny us a gratifying morning of picture taking. One of the vistas was at a swinging bridge that spanned the Greenbrier River. We took pictures of the bridge, and ljw went ...
... hold the camera steady while standing on a movable bridge so we took the train pics from solid ground. Then we rode the afternoon departure which included two restored Wabash cabooses now rented as overnite (or longer) lodging at the end of the (currently) usable track, about 10 miles from the terminal. It's a pretty ride, with plenty of curves to offer additional photo opportunities. The cabooses get set off on stub tracks beside the Greenbrier River... and then it's back to ...
... it's the largest one on Earth. You can look it up on the internet. It's the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia. 485 feet tall and 110 meters in diameter. And the exhibits in their exhibit hall inside were also really interesting.
Back in Durbin, we noticed a door open at the firehouse, so Walt went in and struck up a conversation with the firefighter/EMT who was there. We chatted and ...