Saturday, April 21, 2012

Roadside Oddity in White Sulphur Springs: Mel's Diner

Not that you ever would, but if you ever find yourself driving along Interstate 64 in West Virginia, do yourself a favor and get off the interstate, drive in to town and stop at this little diner along U.S. Route 50, or downtown White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.  After you have one of the best burgers of your life, move up the road a few blocks to The Greenbrier, the bunker where Congress was to be relocated to in the event of a nuclear attack.  That is until The Washington Post outed the bunker in the early 90's.


  1. I hear this is where Ronald MacDonald eats when he's in town.

  2. Your two pics provide drastically different perceptions of Mels Diner. The first indicates it's out on a quiet roadside, but the second brings it right back into town with the brick building next door. It's amazing how the angle of a shot an influence what the viewer gets out of it. With the addition of the brick building, it completely changed the whole thing for me. Nice job!

    The Greenbrier has long been on my list of places to see. Are you going to go?

  3. We actually drove into the grounds of The Greenbrier, which is a massive old building sitting on manicured grounds. It is a resort. We couldn't find parking so headed down the road. Later, I found out you need to call ahead to be included on a tour to get down into the bunker. My son, who is taking West Virginia history, told me the resort was used as a military hospital during WWII. It was great traveling West Virginia with a student who is currently studying the history. It's like a bonus in this stunningly beautiful part of the state.