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 February
Melungeon; Early Post Offices
I was born in Letcher County, Kentucky, in 1939 and reared there.
Lately I've been hearing about the Melungeon people. I never
heard my parents speak of them.
I would like to hear from readers who have information regarding
I always enjoy all the articles about Letcher County in The Kentucky
I'm also interested in early post offices in Letcher County that
have since changed names.
Any help would be appreciated.
306 S. Gale Street
Indianapolis, IN 46201
I have known many people from different parts of Eastern Kentucky.
I'm proud of my Kentucky roots.
I was born in Inez, Martin County, Kentucky, and I like my home
state. Those Eastern Kentucky hills will always be a part of
my life. I left Martin County in 1959.
Those good times of growing up in Kentucky will always be in
Hubert H. Horn
144 Amanda Northern Road
Lancaster, OH 43130
Great Explosion In Jenkins
Many years ago, in west Jenkins, better known as Mudtown, there
was a great explosion that sent giant boulders through the houses
of people who lived there. I remember the Codell Construction
Company was making a railroad cut for a tunnel that went through
the mountain above Jenkins and below Raven Rock. The tunnel went
into Virginia. I would like to hear from anyone who might remember
the details of this event. It might have been 1948-1952.
I heard from two gentlemen about the Mountain States Baseball
Team which included Ray Russell, George Sifft, Jackson Bell,
Bent Mays, and Bill Scoptone. Murray Franklin was mentioned from
1938. He bat .439.
The Kentucky Explorer is a great magazine. It helps me find people
and places that are in my distant past. Like most people, I am
thrilled when my issue comes in the mail.
Maybe I am just old-fashioned, but the Internet can never replace
the paper and print magazine. I have been a subscriber for about
eight years and hope to remain one until about 2020, or maybe
Dr. David M. Brewer of Birmingham, Alabama, and James Disney
of Frankfort, Kentucky, were very generous is sharing baseball
information from my request in The Explorer.
1803 Haygood Drive, N. E.
Atlanta, GA 30307