Bird's Eye View - Parsons in 1905

View of Parsons, West Virginia 1905. Drawn and published by Fowler & Kelly. Copyrighted by Thaddeus M. Fowler.  Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division.

View of Parsons, West Virginia 1905. Drawn and published by Fowler & Kelly. Copyrighted by Thaddeus M. Fowler.  Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division.

In 1905, Parsons was a booming lumber town, and the buildings constructed during that time form the historic core of today's Parsons.  The majestic Tucker County courthouse, only five years old at the time, casts its long shadow over First Street.  The Western Maryland Railroad crosses into town and branches out to factories like the Tannery, whose smokestack still stands.  The train depot, which now nestles oddly among several other buildings, stands alone in front of a town green.

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