Masontown residents in Preston County celebrate the de-listing of a 1907 Elkins Coal and Coke Building from the endangered properties list by the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia Wednesday with a ribbon cutting.
The Elkins Coal and Coke Building now serves as the trailhead facility for the Deckers Creek Rail-Trail and West Virginia by-way old Route Seven. Restoration of the Trailhead facility cost more the $200,000, and that included funding from the Federal Highway Administration’s Recreational Trails Program. Other also made some major donations to make this facility possible.
“I think it’s an example for West Virginia to take a piece of its history and transform it. We were lucky that the building was still here, and that is a testament to those workers who came in at the coal company to build beautiful buildings like we have,” said Ella Belling, Director for the Mon River Trails Conservancy.
This is the first public restroom facility serving the 19.5 mile rail-trail that extends from the outskirts of Reedsville to Morgantown where it connects the 29 mile Mon River Trail.