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Mc Roberts Coal Memorial Wall

Mc Roberts Remembers The Miners Written by Joanna Adams Sergent Nestled in a small area, Mc Roberts, Kentucky has a Memorial wall that is often overlooked.   There is a high wall that was made for the coal mine train tracks to keep the mountain from sliding off.  The concrete retaining wall has been transformed into […]

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Hemphill Memorial

Hemphill Coal Mine Memorial Written by Joanna Adams Sergent There is a very quiet place in Letcher County in the Community of Hemphill, Kentucky.   The Monument is a remembrance of all the Letcher County Men who died in the coal mines.  A very moving monument to two coal mining disasters in Letcher County that happened […]

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Pound Gap Civil War Memorial

Pound Gap Civil War Memorial by Joanna Adams Sergent Last Summer, while we were visiting back home, David and I went to the top of Pine Mountain on US 23.   The Gap is often referred to by the locals as Pound Gap.   There is so much history and so many hidden golden nuggets to be […]

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Leonard Henry Banks

Leonard Henry BanksThe following article is written by Nora Fleming Figger.Like a still river that flows through the community and the city, we remember the good it did for those who used it and benefited from its use, so do we want to remember those who made it a pleasant place to live and gave […]

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Jenkins History pt2

Jenkins History part 2 Captain Richard Broas of New York became involved with the search for minerals beginning with the early development around the Oil City area in Pennsylvania. He later went to California and after an unsuccessful venture to find gold and silver in the Sierras; Broas came to the lower reaches of the […]

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Jenkins History

Jenkins History part 1 Civil War veteran Captain Richard Broas of New York was not a geologist he was an engineer by vocation and yet he would make the most significant geological find in the state of Kentucky’s History on the headwaters of the Elkhorn Creek of The Big Sandy River in a little place […]

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Interview with Roy Fleming

Interview with Roy Fleming The Consolidation Coal Company bought the coal rights. B. F. Johnson, merchant, had a store in Long Fork in Pike County. The people of McRoberts went there to trade. He knew everyone in this section of the county. He was used as the contract man and Noel Gibson was the engineer who helped buy […]

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Interview with R. H. Wassum

Interview with R. H. Wassum My dad came to Norton after I was born in Norfolk. They brought me to Norton in 1900. I lived in Norton until I was 25. The summer after World War II, they transferred me down to Marshalls Branch and made a portal down there. It was getting so far for the […]

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Interview with Mrs. Maude Flint

Interview with Mrs. Maude Flint. When you moved to McRoberts to Tom Biggs, were people living in the houses on Band Mill Hill? Yes. The upper houses, they never built them until 1927. When you moved back the second time, did you move back to the house you lived in before? No, when we moved back […]

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Interview with Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Johnson

Interview with Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Johnson Mr. Johnson, when and how did you come to Jenkins? In 1911 — I came to Shelby Gap on the work train and walked on up here. What was the name of the railroad? The SV & E, Sandy Valley and Elkhorn. Did you start working in […]

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