Elkins Depot Welcome Center CVB, Inc., Elkins

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Situated on a bend of the Tygart Valley River, the city of Elkins was incorporated in 1890 by Senators Henry Gassaway Davis and Stephen B. Elkins, due to the men's much-needed headquarters for the their vast timber, coal and railroad empire. Named after the junior Senator, the city of Elkins served as the Senators summer retreat from Washington, D.C. Both men built permanent places of residence, known as Halliehurst and Graceland; these Victorian-era mansions are now part of the Davis & Elkins College and are listed on the National Register for Historic Places.

In 1899, Elkins became the county seat. Davis and Elkins were developing railroad lines, coal mines and timbering. Together, they built the WV Central and Pittsburg Railway into Elkins and opened a vast territory to industrial development in the late 1890s. With those developments, Elkins started a building boom. By 1906, as described in "The Coming Metropolis of the State," the town boasted of "European-style" hotels, opera houses, banks, a YMCA, brickworks, tannery and brewery. Davis Memorial Hospital and Davis & Elkins College had already been founded. The city was attracting hundreds of rail and timbering workers as well as business entrepreneurs, all looking to call Elkins their home.

As the railroad expanded, Elkins experienced the luxury of passenger train service. By 1930, 18 passenger trains were arriving and leaving Elkins daily, filling the air with the coal dust of steam locomotives. But, by the late 1950s, passenger service was discontinued; and, by the end of the 1980s, all rail service ended. However, at the turn of the 21st century, the rail yard began to be vibrant again, thanks to the Randolph County Development Authority. The construction of a new bridge at the south end of the old Western Maryland rail yard was completed in May 2007. This gave the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad the opportunity to lease the depot for their excursion trains, the New Tygart Flyer and the Cheat Mountain Salamander, to handle passengers there, as well as for use as their new dispatching center and retail store. Behind the depot is a town square that is used as a central gathering spot for local events, as well as the seasonal Elkins Farmers Market. And, of course, the Elkins Depot Welcome Center, the central location for tourist information about the whole area, calls the depot home!

Elkins has now become a tourist destination year-round and not just a stop along the way. Be sure to plan your next trip to Elkins so you can see what the fuss is all about. Don’t forget to stop by the depot and say hi!
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  • A company The Durbin and Greenbrier RR runs a 4 train trip out of the depo with lunch, a bit of an amateurish setup but it's cheap. They run another out of Cass. One is a Chessie system diesel and... 
    A company The Durbin and Greenbrier RR runs a 4 train trip out of the depo with lunch, a bit of an amateurish setup but it's cheap. They run another out of Cass. One is a Chessie system diesel and...  more »
  • The Elkins Depot Welcome Center offers friendly personnel, many gift items, and clean restroom facilities to utilize before and after boarding and departure. Seats are also available inside while you....  more
    The Elkins Depot Welcome Center offers friendly personnel, many gift items, and clean restroom facilities to utilize before and after boarding and departure. Seats are also available inside while you....  more »
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  • Took the 4 hour train ride on Sunday. It was a beautiful day and the autumn colors made for some great photos.
  • What an awesome spot. We drove by and I had to come back. Next time taking thei train. Staff super friendly and helpful. Very quaint place with alot of history. A must stop. Local shops near by. Easy in and out also has alot of information about local spots, restaurants, and things to do.

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