We post a new episode of Appalachian History weekly podcast every Sunday. You can start listening right away by clicking the podcast icon over on the left side of your screen. If you’d rather grab the show off itunes for later listening, click here: We open today’s show with the 1912 capture of fugitive outlaws [...]comments
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Monthly Archives: January 2010
Floyd Collins was first to explore Sand Cave. Fallen rock trapped him in narrow passage 150 ft. from entrance, Jan. 30, 1925. Rescuers reached him with food and heat for short time. Aid cut off by shifting earth closing passage. Engineers sank 55-foot shaft but were unable to reach Collins’ body until February 16. Rescue [...]comments
New York Times.September 15, 1912, Sunday CATCH SIDNA ALLEN BY TRAILING GIRL; Wesley Edwards Also Captured at Des Moines — His Sweetheart Gives Clue. DES MOINES, Iowa, Sept. 14. — With arms and feet pinioned in heavy irons and watched over by an armed guard, Sidna Allen and Wesley Edwards, members of the outlaw gang [...]comments
The Laurel County [KY] Public Library will host Appalachian lecturer Dr. Aaron Thompson on Tuesday, February 2nd from 6:00-7:00 pm. Dr. Thompson will be speaking on “Turning Obstacles into Opportunities: An Appalachian Upbringing.” In this talk, Dr. Thompson will tell how he was born in a two-room cabin in a Clay County hollow and grew [...]comments
“Everyone we knew worked in the mine or in the machine shop. Dad met Inez Thompson and at the encouragement of [his stepmother] Della, married. Then came us four children and later a divorce after a long separation (between 3rd and 4th year of school) from Inez. Later, Dad married Rose Mae Jackson at one [...]comments