A recent trip to Blackwater Falls area led to a nice lunch in the town of Thomas, WV. After a nice lunch at the Flying Pig restaurant I spent some time photographing the town. It seemed fitting to photographic it in sepia tones because it still has much of that old look about it.
Nearly half of Thomas was destroyed by fire in 1901 and then rebuilt with the brick that is seen here today.
In 1921, coke production ceased and mining operations diminished leaving the town empty as seen here.
Below is a photo of the hotel balcony as it was reflected in the window below. I was standing in just the right spot to get this mirror image.
Now, there is a generosity of spirit to the space. I saw a small bunch vegetable in a cart with a sign that said, “Free” and another sign that had seashells free for the taking. I suspect that in a few years it will begin to thrive as more and more people have the ability to work from home and are looking to get out of the cities.
Of course there is also some mischievenous and independence to be found.
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