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.  

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NSS News – February 2020

NSS News Feb 2020A major attraction at every NSS Convention is the opportunity to visit the caves in a new area and the 2020 Convention in Elkins, West Virginia, is no exception. However, there is plenty of other activity during the day for those who want a break from caving. Most daytime activities will be at the Elkins High School where sessions, workshops, vertical activities, and specialized meetings will be held. These include the always popular U.S. and International Exploration sessions that feature updates on major projects throughout the U.S. and the world.

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Speakers requested for the International Exploration Session 2020 NSS Convention in Elkins, WV

Have you been caving outside of the United States? Come share your underground adventures in exotic lands with your fellow cavers. The International Exploration Session at NSS Conventions is one of the most well attended of all sessions. It is a great venue to present your new discoveries to a wide and appreciative audience.

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Geology Field Trip

The 2020 NSS Geology Field Trip will stop at five locations. The first three of these will be at the Bowden quarry area to discuss the Greenbrier Group Mississippian stratigraphy, at Smoke Hole Caverns to tour the cave and discuss the Helderberg and Tonoloway Silurian-Devonian rock units, and at Seneca Rocks for lunch and to discuss the Wills Mountain Anticline. We will then drive the length of Germany Valley and stop at Hellhole, where we will discuss the karst in the valley, the exploration that has taken place there, and the Ordovician stratigraphy. Our final stop will be at Seneca Caverns, which we visit.

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WVACS Pre-convention Camp Update

West Virginia Association for Cave Studies (WVACS) is hosting a pre-camp from July 20th-25th ,2020 at the WVACS field station located in Renick, WV, about 15 minutes north of Lewisburg and 2 ½ hours south of Elkins on 219. There will be cave trips, a few meals, and other activities. Facilities include showers, flushing toilets, limited bunk space and plentiful camping. Cost will be $10/day.

For more information contact Jessica Reep:
Email: j.reep@aol.com;
phone#: 540-429-5861.