Western Maryland Depot
This late-Victorian Stick-style structure was a transportation hub of railroad passengers and commercial goods from Parsons, starting with the opening of the West Virginia Central and Pittsburgh Railway in 1889. Commercial goods associated with this railroad included mined coal and coke, as well as lumber.
Backstory and Context
In the years following 1888, lumber replaced farming as the chief industry in Parsons and the population skyrocketed. The National Register of Historic Places identifies the Western Maryland Depot as a "surviving remnant of this "boom" period,"
The last train ran out of the Western Maryland Depot in 1958.