Glen Ferris at Thanksgiving
"One of the prettiest places in the country, West Virginia, in spring, summer and
fall. Winter time it is barren mountains and trees. Not sure if this is one of
the reasons there are many addicts in the state, or whether it is just the poor
in the state, of which there are many. I love the place. The red building dead center of the pic above the falls is the Glen Ferris Inn, first built as a private residence in the early 1800s. It has been an inn since sometime in the 1850s, I think. The red building adjacent to the falls is an old electric power generating station. In 2002, when this photo was shot, it was shut down. It is undergoing renovation now and will re-open this year, I think. The river is the Kanawha River flowing to Charleston. Just above Glen Ferris is the town of Gawley Bridge, where the New River and the Gawley River meet to form the Kanawha. I ended up here on one of my travels because I radioed for some directions to take a short cut to I-64 to make a faster trip into VA. I took the wrong road and sure was pleasantly surprised. The road I took was the Midland Trail, which follows these rivers down to the interstate, one of the most beautiful drives in the U.S. I don't travel much anymore, but when I hit WVa, I always take the Midland Trail, even though it takes me out of my way."