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Autumn on the river

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by TonyTurley, Oct 15, 2013.

  1. TonyTurley

    TonyTurley TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Apr 24, 2013
    West Virginia, USA
    A few of my favorite photos from our road trip today to enjoy some of WV's scenic wonders. The Kanawha River is - according to maps - formed by the confluence of the New and Gauley Rivers. I tend to think of the New and Kanawha as being the same river, with the Gauley as a tributary. Anyway, just downstream of the river junction is Kanawha Falls, which stretches across the river's 1/2 mile width. The river is very low right now; at normal stage, all of those huge rocks would have water roaring over them. The old building is an operating hydroelectric station.

    The structure on the rocks in the middle of the river is someone's actual, full time home. What a view, with privacy in abundance, but I've always wondered what they do when the river is high and swift. These were taken with lenses ranging in FL from 19mm to 135mm.

    Tony

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  2. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    Great scenery. Is that an old mill?
     
  3. TonyTurley

    TonyTurley TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Apr 24, 2013
    West Virginia, USA
    The building by the the falls is an ancient hydro electric station that is still in operation. I don't know if it was ever used as a mill. I am not certain about the one in the distance under the railroad trestle. Back in the late 19th through mid 20th centuries, there was a lot of industry along the canyon bottom, stretching for around 200 miles. It must have been something to have anywhere from several dozen to several hundred men working at such rural locations.

    Tony