Monthly Archives: March 2012

Gib Morgan’s tall tales lead to Paul Bunyan (2 of 2)

(continued from yesterday…) Gib Morgan never wrote down his tall tales before he died. But in the hands of two early 20th century men, working independently of each other, and with different motives, the real life of Gilbert Morgan of Callensburg, PA, created Gib Morgan, the myth. Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio oil field workers […]


Gib Morgan’s tall tales (1 of 2)

Sistersville, WV mushroomed into a boom town overnight with the discovery of oil there in 1891. The rural village of 300 people suddenly had to house 15,000 souls from the massive influx of oil men, drillers, leasers, speculators, camp followers, floaters, wild-catters, and hangers-on. By the end of 1892 164 wells and 55 drilling stages […]


The word ‘Hillbilly': Linguistic Mystery and Popular Culture Fixture

Please welcome guest author Julie Baxter. Baxter is a London based freelance writer with a passion for both history and language. She generally writes copy on behalf of a number of clients in the personal finance sector, including a credit card transfer service in the UK. Whether you embrace the word proudly or decry it […]


Listen Here: Appalachian History Weekly podcast posts today

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 right side of your screen. If you’d rather grab the show off itunes for later listening, click here: We open today’s show with a look at the life of […]


This train never derailed more than once a trip

Fans like it because it is short, completely independent (in more ways than one), and sticks staunchly to steam power—represented by three extraordinary locomotives, the like of which there is not anywhere else. They like also its galloping rails, which are rough enough to thrill but not sufficiently out of line or surface to derail […]

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