Tag Archives: appalachian history

A steam saw mill was then as much of a sight as a Barnum’s Big Show now

In Grantsville district quite a number of water power mills were erected between the years 1835 ~ 1855, but there are now only two or three within the same limits. Steam power mills have taken their places. In 1837, a man by the name of Williams, from Pennsylvania, built the first steam saw mill on the […]

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The town built inside a crater

Middlesboro, KY is the only city in the US now known to be built within a meteor crater. William M. Andrews Jr., a geologist with the Kentucky Geological Survey, said erosion and vegetation have hidden most signs of the meteor’s impact. However, enough evidence remains, he said, to support the conclusion. “You have the round […]

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How Virginia’s Huckleberry Train got its name

The big break needed for Blacksburg, VA’s railroad hopes came with the Great Coal Strike of 1902 in Pennsylvania. William J. Payne and his associates in Richmond had become persuaded of the good prospects in coal at Price and Brush mountains. They, in turn, persuaded men they knew within disgruntled coal and coal railroad management […]

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The largest grading project on a commercial airport ever attempted

During World War II while the Army, Navy and Civil Aeronautics Agency were constructing airports for the war effort, attempts were made to have the agencies approve a field in Kanawha County, WV. All requests were turned down because of the large amount of grading that would have to be done. The county then went […]

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Kentucky politicos bought votes with gingerbread

“One of my elections was contested. They accused me of buying gingerbread and using other ways of influence on the voters. Giving them money. They figured what they done, I done the same thing. “Actually, it comes to a point where most people have to have some encouragement to be interested in elections and they […]

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