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Silo Rapids

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A map of 1880 showed only "Buffalo" in the area of Ephram and Thayer

This Class III rapid on the upper New River Gorge whitewater-rafting segment, take their name from sand-plant silos on river-right, remnants of a quarrying operation formerly located near Ephram. The rapids may be formed from alluvial deposition washed down from Buffalo Creek, also on river-right. The rapids are located approximately two thirds of a mile downstream of the obvious remnants of the town of Thayer, on river-right.

An early map of the developing gorge, at right, employs the placename "Buffalo" at the mouth of "Buffalo Creek."

Map: Silo Rapids