Each month, The Kentucky Explorer magazine receives literally scores of letters from our faithful readers. Whenever possible, we try to publish as many of them as possible in the 12 pages we have set aside for "Letters to the Editor."
Here are actual letters from November 2006
South Elkhorn Community
Thanks for publishing the story about the South Elkhorn community in Fayette County where my grandmother on my mother's side lived. Grandmother was very much interested in local history. Her daughter was Elizabeth McLeod Steed, my mother. They both lived in that area for quite some time. My brother, Virgil, and I loved our grandmother very much. She died 46 years ago in 1960. She graduated from the Hamilton Female Institute in Lexington.
James M. Steed
2465 Eastway Drive
Lexington, KY 40503
I am trying to inform the business community, as well as the private sector, of the condition of some of the landmarks in Floyd County, as well as other counties. Not only are some of cemeteries neglected but so are some of the historical landmarks. The elements are taking a toll, and when some of these buildings, bridges, and grave markers are gone, they cannot be replaced.
The old bridge spanning the Big Sandy between Prestonsburg and West Prestonsburg, which is being shown as beautiful in murals and paintings, has fallen into decay and isn't safe. When people come into the area and ask questions about the bridge, they are told of its condition. The only view of the old landmark is from another bridge, which also crosses the river, and there is nowhere to park.
I understand a grant has been applied for, but the bridge is in such bad condition it is going to require a large sum of money to bring it back to where it will be safe just for foot traffic.
I keep hoping the community and merchants will get involved and work together to save this wonderful landmark.
I know funds are very hard to acquire, but I hope someone will take an interest in saving the old bridge.
5272 E. 900 S.
Claypool, IN 46510
Thanks For Birthday Greetings
I would like to thank everyone who sent my uncle, Luther Stacy, a birthday card for his 100th birthday. He received 135 cards.
I look forward to getting The Kentucky Explorer each month.
594 Edward Street
Sparta, MI 49345
I would like to hear from former classmates who attended the Mayo State GPN class of 1984-1985 at Pikeville, Pike County, Kentucky.
P. O. Box 171
Silver Lake, IN 46982
Strange Event In Hopkinsville
I would like to hear from any reader who knows anything about the strange event which took place on the Sutton farm, north of Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky, on the evening of August 21, 1955.
I read some details about this happening in a book, but I would like to hear from any reader who has knowledge of the event.
P. O. Box 1474
Hindman, KY 41822