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The myth, the man, the legend – John Henry

June 21, 2022 10:23 am Published by 2 Comments

There’s plenty of history and folklore to discover here in southern West Virginia. One of those stories involves a man, a machine and a legacy left behind. It’s the story of John Henry. The Story It is told that John Henry, a former slave, worked for the C&O railroad driving steel, a job required when […]

John Henry Still On The Move

May 17, 2012 2:47 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

How much freight has moved across the railroad lines John Henry helped build? That’s probably impossible to calculate. The railroad came through southern West Virginia in 1873, and trains have been passing over those rails ever since. Much of it was thanks to hard work of men like John Henry. Well, John Henry made a […]