C&O Passenger Station - Charleston, West Virginia, Kanawha Subdivision T-Shirt
Representing C&O's Capital of the Coalfields
Created from a recent discovery in the C&O Historical Society's archives, the latest in our structure series of tshirts pays tribute to the C&O Railway's station at Charleston, West Virginia. Opened in 1905 and still served by Amtrak's Cardinal, this one-of-a-kind structure design was created by the same architectural firm, Wilson Harris & Richards, that designed Richmond's Main Street Station. The only station on the Chesapeake & Ohio where the main entrance was on the second floor, the Charleston design was created in order to adapt with the nearby South Side Bridge that spanned the Kanawha River. Still in existence as a proud tower of the rails, standing strong between the mountains and river, the Charleston station still represents the history and hospitality of the C&O.
Also featuring the unique CHARLESTON sign that adorned the station's track-side newsstand (COHS-12372) as the shirt's front logo, this design is full of details that made Charleston one of the most unique destinations on the C&O Railway, called on for over 100 years by legendary passenger trains from the Fast Flying Virginian to The Cardinal.