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Newlyn (Rend Branch)

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USGS 1913 map showing location of Newlyn
Newlyn mine, circa 1906
The Thurmond trailhead of the Thurmond-Minden trail is the area once occupied by the Newlyn tipple and the company town

Newlyn was also the name of a mine located in the New River Gorge between Hawks Nest and Fayette Station. See: Newlyn (New River Gorge)

Newlyn was the name of a community located on the Rend Branch of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway (C&O), about 1 mile up along Dunloup Creek from the New River Gorge. The Newlyn mine opened in the early-1900s, about the time of the building of the Rend Branch between South Side Junction and Minden which took place during 1901-1904. The first coal shipped from the Newlyn occurred during the year ending June 30, 1901.

A 1906 publication by the C&O listed the Newlyn Coal Co. as operating a mine located 1 mile from Thurmond. An advertisement in the publication listed the Newlyn Coal Co. as a shipper of New River coal from the Fire Creek seam, giving the company's post office address as Newlyn, W.Va. The company's officers listed as Edward Thomas, Pres.; E. W. Boyd, V.P.; and W. H. Thomas, Secretary/Treasuer.

The area of Newlyn is accessible from the Thurmond-Minden Trail. The Thurmond trailhead of the Thurmond-Minden trail is the area once occupied by the Newlyn coal loading plant and miners' homes.

Map of Newlyn and Vicinity

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