War bills itself as West Virginia’s southern-most city. War is located on state highway 16 about 15 miles south of Welch. War was the home of Big Creek High School, Homer Hickam’s alma mater.
War was incorporated as a city in 1920. The population of War peaked in 1950 at 3,992. According to the 2014 census estimate the town has a population of 793.
Dante, Virginia is located in western Russell County near the Dickenson County border. At one time in the early 20th century, Dante was the northern terminus of the Clinchfield Railroad. In fact, it was such a booming town that at one time the Headquarters for the Clinchfield Railroad was located in Dante. The town, and this station is given much credit to opening up and developing the coalfields in neighboring Dickenson County.
I cant find a definite opening date for this train station but Im guessing sometime around 1900 would be correct.
Recently CSX has wanted to demolish the structure and the community has fought to save and restore the building, but as you can see from my photos as of September, neither side have saw their plans come to fruition.
What’s really shocking and sad about this depot is the rapid decay of the building. While researching I saw some photos shot at this depot in 2011 and the building looked much more structurally sound than as it stands today.
My guess is that unless something big doesnt come along and soon, this historic depot will be lost forever.
The Art Deco-styled Lane Theater in Williamsburg, (Whitley County) Kentucky was opened on July 15, 1948 and closed in 1987. There is a facebook page set up to raise awareness of this beautiful theater in hopes of restoring it to be used in the community. A group known as the Williamsburg Action Team has taken an interest in this theater and here is what they say on their website about the Lane Theater and possible restoration
The Action Team obtained a $10,000 grant from the Southern and Eastern Kentucky Tourism Development Association to hire an architectural and engineering firm to do a feasibility study and draw up our initial renovation plans and overall budget of $2million dollars.
Currently plans are under way to complete the restoration of the theatre facade The Action Team has hired theatre architectFrank Sparkman and Associates to provide a quote for this portion of the restoration. The Action Team is currently seeking funds to complete this work.
The Depot in Williamsburg on Main Street. This Depot is now homw to the Whitley County Historical Genealogy Society/Museum.
Old neon Rexall sign still in use at Maiden Drug on Main Street in Williamsburg.
and Finally, the Whitley County Court House. The courthouse pictured above is the fourth to sit on this site. Interestingly, the original name of Williamsburg was actually “Whitley Courthouse.