Railroad town remembered
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- David Parmer, of Hinton, has written a book about Orlando, a forgotten railroad town not far from his hometown of Burnsville.
"Tales of Old Orlando" contains more than 300 photographs and stories such as a "leap frog" murder. The book is published by McClain Printing Co., in Parsons.
The book chronicles life in a small railroad town straddling Lewis and Braxton counties in its heyday when railroads were the only way to travel in West Virginia. Orlando was a change-over stop on the Baltimore and Ohio and Coal & Coke railways.
According to a news release, "Murder and mayhem and fun and frolic were rife as long as the trains kept running. When the automobile took the steam out of the locomotive, this small town declined into anonymity."
Parmer taught high school history before going to law school at WVU. He practiced law in Hinton for nearly 40 years.
The 400-page book may be purchased for $45 plus $5 shipping from the author: David Parmer, P.O. Box 39, Hinton, WV 25951.