For years I have passed by an abandoned roadside curiosity in southern West Virginia. On a Sunday drive through the countryside with my girlfriend, I decided to pull off the road and check out what is a rambling collection of five buildings not expecting to find much.
My suspicions were initially confirmed when we found inside one of the buildings a collection of mattresses, a recliner, and a small kitchen—not exactly all that exciting.
Another structure was barren and on the verge of collapse. But as the saying goes, the third time’s the charm. Peering at a rather unassuming building with its front doors busted in, I stepped inside to find it completely covered in discarded vintage books and magazines. My favorites included the West Virginia State Magazine, a state publication that included rather boastful promotional and historical articles about various cities, development projects, and events. It’s no longer produced and I’m not sure what replaced it.