Eli “Rimfire” Hamrick Trail

The historic and scenic  Bergoo Road (County Route 26) is designated by the WV Legislature as the Eli “Rimfire” Hamrick trail from the intersection with State Route 15 proceeding east to the Randolph County line.

Eli C. ‘‘Rimfire’’ Hamrick (March 28, 1868-April 1, 1945) was the Mountain State’s prototypical mountaineer.  Born in Bergoo, Webster County, Hamrick was one of the best woodsmen of his time and was friend and guide to the coal and lumber barons who used the mountains for hunting expeditions. “Rimfire”, and his younger brother Ellis, were the models for the ‘‘Mountaineer’’ statue on the grounds of the state capitol in Charleston.


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