Hinton, a railroad town, is where government offices are located for Summers County. The town's economy is greatly supported by the railroad shops and train traffic.
The town is built on the flank of some mountains that form a gigantic cup as the New River Valley widens to receive the Greenbrier River. From the lower part of the town, the streets rise sharply.
Hinton was settled and laid out by John Hinton in 1831. It grew slowly until 1871 when the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad blasted a path through the New River gorge, and railroad officials made Hinton the division terminal. A great deal of skilled labor was imported to fill all the new jobs.
The town was incorporated in 1880, and has been a shipping point for produce and livestock.
Because the community is steeped in railroad lore, experienced engineers and weathered brakemen are held in great esteem.
Two monuments have been built in the memory of Confederate soldiers.
Summers County, on the Allegheny Plateau, is a mountainous region. It is located in southeast West Virginia. Its economy is aided by livestock, dairy, fruit, and tobacco farms, natural gas wells, and timber operations.
Prominent early Kanawha County jurist George W. Summers was honored when in 1871 Summers County was named for him. This southern county is comprised of some 368 square miles in land area. Two state parks are located in the county. Pipestem State Park is one, Bluestone State Park (including 1000-acre Bluestone Lake) is the other.