Reader Queries

Each month, The Kentucky Explorer magazine receives literally scores of letters from our faithful readers. Among those letters we often find queries, ranging from requests for words to songs and poems to trying to locate former classmates and military buddies of long ago.


Here are a few queries from September 2006




Info. On August 2006
Cover Photo

Dear Editor:
I wish to comment on the cover photo of the August 2006 issue of The Kentucky Explorer. The photo was taken near the entrance to a coal mine. The miners were wearing the "lard oil" cap lamp which produced a flame about like that of a candle. The miners had just loaded the mine car with split timbers to support the roof. The mule had no reins and responded to the voice commands of the driver and the whip, which was coiled around his neck. The "single tree" of the mules harness is attached high on its legs. This allows the mule to step clear of the track when the driver pulls a pin to disconnect from the rolling car when reaching his destination. There were no brakes on these cars. The flared section above the wheels of the mine car was referred to as the "mourner's bench."
Fred H. Salisbury
314 Jeremiah Drive
Richmond, KY 40475
masfhs@bellsouth.com


General Burnside Island State Park In Burnside, Kentucky
Dear Editor:
In the August 2006 issue of The Kentucky Explorer there was a blurb at the bottom of one page which stated: "General Burnside State Park, located eight miles south of Somerset, is Kentucky's only island park.
That is, of course, a true statement. I wish to point out two things: (1) the actual name of the park is General Burnside Island State Park which is a moot point, I am sure. (2) The park, while being "eight miles south of Somerset" is maybe factually correct, it is more correct to state that the park is in Burnside, Kentucky.
The park lays entirely within the city limits of Burnside and has been for many years. Since Burnside is an incorporated municipality (and has been for more than 115 years) it should be recognized as such without other city references.
Burnside has several things making it reasonably easy to recognize and remember other than being "eight miles south of" another city. Burnside was occupied by General Burnside's troops during the Civil War, thus the naming of the island. Further, we were the only town totally moved and relocated during the impoundment of Lake Cumberland. Burnside is still the "only town on Lake Cumberland" which is our "tag line" for ads, etc. Burnside is probably the only town in Kentucky to have two marinas located entirely within its city limits.
I am sure someone more knowledgeable could come up with other reasons to remember Burnside other than being "eight miles south of" somewhere else.
Cecil Goff, Jr.
City Clerk/Treasurer
City of Burnside
P. O. Box 8
Burnside, KY 42619
Editor's Note: The fact in which Mr. Goff referred to is on page 47 of the August 2006 issue of The Kentucky Explorer.


Collecting Handkerchiefs
Dear Editor:
I am collecting ladies' handkerchiefs for my only granddaughter. I would like to ask Kentucky Explorer readers for help in obtaining different ones. I would like to know who owned the handkerchief and where it came from so I can label each one.
Any help would be appreciated.
I have been receiving the magazine for years.
Carolyn Fyffe
P. O. Box 277
Garrison, KY 41141
booneandcj@adelphia.net