The Dunglen Hotel Glass Mug
The Dunglen Hotel was one of the most famous landmarks in the C&O rail town of Thurmond, West Virginia. To those familiar with the area's history, mere mention of the hotel's name invokes stories associated with what was called the "Dodge City of the East." One of two hotels at the commercial hub of the New River Gorge's coalfields in the 20th century, the Dunglen's infamous reputation still reverberates nearly 100 years after the hotel was burned down by arsonists on July 23, 1930.
Using a never-seen logo from hotel letterhead dated 1907, found in a C&O Historical Society member's private collection and remastered by digital artist Ken Miller of Roanoke, we now offer these 16 oz. mugs inspired by the time period (1901-1930) when the Dunglen stood brightly in Thurmond, juxtaposed against the wilds of the New River Gorge. Imagine these mugs on a table crowded with the sights and sounds of gambling, talk of local coal boom and bust, or wishes of escaping to a new city by way of the Chesapeake & Ohio. Site of the area’s largest coal mine transaction, when a representative for the Berwind-White Coal Mining Company delivered a $1,250,000 check to the room of W.P. Rend as payment for Rend’s coal mine at Minden, as well as the world’s longest continuous poker game (stretching to 14 years, according to the Guinness Book of World Records), these glasses invoke the rowdy period of history at the Dunglen Hotel in our C&O town that Kipling might have called "Appalachia's Mandalay."
Highest Standard Glass Material. 4.125" W x 5.875 " H