There’s no doubt that Preston County is one of the most beautiful counties in the Mountain State. We found these photos taken in the 70’s by the federal government. They show the haunting beauty of these small communities.

1. The Tray Run Viaduct near Rowelsburg

Library of Congress/Public Domain

Library of Congress/Public Domain

2. These once company-owned houses in Bretz

Library of Congress/Public Domain

Library of Congress/Public Domain

3. This abandoned railroad building in Bretz

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Library of Congress/Public Domain

4. These railroad tracks leading to the Cascade Coke Ovens

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Library of Congress/Public Domain

5. These smokestacks from the Cascade Coke Ovens

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Library of Congress/Public Domain

6. This broken down warehouse that was once part of Elkins Coal and Coke in Bretz

Library of Congress/Public Domain

Library of Congress/Public Domain

7. Coming into Cascade

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8. The east portal of the Kingwood Tunnel

Library of Congress/Public Domain

Library of Congress/Public Domain

9. This wall holding up the B&O near Rowelsburg

Library of Congress/Public Domain

Library of Congress/Public Domain

10. Under the Rowelsburg Bridge

Library of Congress/Public Domain

Library of Congress/Public Domain

11. Another angle of the Rowelsburg Bridge

Library of Congress/Public Domain

Library of Congress/Public Domain

12. The Tray Run Viaduct

Library of Congress/Public Domain

Library of Congress/Public Domain

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