West Virginia State Museum Education

Discovery Room 12: Trains and Railroads

Discovery Room 12



Check out the large hand tools in this exhibit. Can you imagine a time when building the railroad through the Mountain State was work that was done by hand? It was hard labor, and a big challenge for the railroad companies and their employees. West Virginia served as an important hub for several of the major railroads. Towns like Hinton, Fayetteville, Wheeling, and Huntington all have fascinating railroad histories.

No history of the railroad would be complete without John Henry. Was the steel-drivin’ man a real man or a myth? We may never know, but his legendary race against the machine is a fascinating part of railroad history and West Virginia’s history, as well.

Discovery Room 12

Video courtesy of West Virginia Public Broadcasting; Videographer/Editor: Janet Kunicki; Narrator: Beth Vorhees

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Discovery Room 1
1: An Ancient Land
Discovery Room 2
2: Prehistoric People
Discovery Room 3
3: Conflict and Settlement
Discovery Room 4
4: Frontier Life
Discovery Room 5
5: John Brown's Raid
Discovery Room 6
6: The War within a State
Discovery Room 7
7: The Case for Statehood
Discovery Room 8
8: The Big City
Discovery Room 9
9: The Family Farm
Discovery Room 10
10: The Company Store
Discovery Room 11
11: Changing Roles of Women
Discovery Room 12
12: Trains and Railroads
Discovery Room 13
13: Boats and Rivers
Discovery Room 14
14: Industrialization
Discovery Room 15
15: The Mining Life
Discovery Room 16
16: The State Capitol
Discovery Room 17
17: It's Not all Work
Discovery Room 18
18: The Great Depression
Discovery Room 19
19: The Mine Wars
Discovery Room 20
20: West Virginians at War
Discovery Room 21
21: Late 20th Century
Discovery Room 22
22: Celebrating West Virginia
Discovery Room 23
23: From Here to There
Discovery Room 24
24: Painting and Sculpture
Discovery Room 25
25: A Legacy of Craftsmanship
Discovery Room 26
26: Traditions of Music