History of Elkins

Welcome to Elkins SignIncorporated in 1890 by Stephen B. Elkins and Henry Gassaway Davis, the City of Elkins is situated in the bend of the Tygart Valley River. Working together, Elkins and Davis developed a logging empire and built the WV Central and Pittsburg Railway to accommodate their need to transport the product.  This advancement provided the impetus for the growth and establishment of Elkins as a permanent community providing the necessary amenities for an expanding workforce.  

Elkins expanded quickly, becoming the County seat in 1899 and welcoming Davis & Elkins College in 1904.  With the establishment of the Monongahela National Forest and railroad passenger service, the City saw an influx of tourists and residents. By the time passenger trains ceased in the late 1950’s and all train service stopped in the 1980’s, Elkins had become well established as a city that included several thriving industries, good healthcare and services for a five-county area.

Today, the Elkins area is home to 10,000 residents and a major tourism location that offers southern hospitality.  The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad began excursion trains leaving from the Western Maryland Depot (home of the Elkins Depot Welcome Center) in 2007 attracting approximately 40,000 visitors per year.  The vast array of activities for outdoor enthusiasts, art fans and history buffs entice visitors each year from across the country and around the world.  Guests looking to explore the area, unwind, sample local cuisine and brews, listen to live music, escape to a cabin in the woods or learn about local and Civil War history will find wide-ranging activities for the entire family.

Visit Elkins at www.elkinsrandolphwv.com to discover all she has to offer.