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
I am looking for "Communion Bread" recipes that I may
be able to use in my church. The recipes can be old or new, however,
I prefer any old recipes that anyone might have.
I can't think of anywhere I would try to get this information
except from Kentucky Explorer readers.
Whatever readers share with me will be very helpful.
Rev. Sharon B. Fields
Eminence Christian Church
P. O Box 123
5333 S. Main Street
Eminence, KY 40019
"Hole In The Mountain"
At the turn of the 20th century, Harlan County, Kentucky, was
starting to join an economic increase because of its natural
resources. The road and rail system was still sparse in many
areas of the county. My great-uncle, Homer Pace, of Martins Fork,
was one of the first to pass through the "Hole in the Mountain"
atop Cumberland Mountain in the early 1900s. This tunnel was
chiseled and blasted out for enough room to get a wagon across
the mountain to Virginia or Kentucky.
My dad, Kenneth Spurlock, who is 87 years old and formerly of
Cawood, Kentucky, knows of many men of the Smith and Cranks Creek
area who helped build the wagon road to the tunnel from the Kentucky
side. He says this was a county road at one time. There is a
beautiful view of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia from atop
the stone ridge above the wagon tunnel.
On the Virginia side, the wagon trail ends at the L&N Railroad
at the Hubbard Springs area, approximately six miles northwest
of Jonesville, Lee County, Virginia.
From the early 1900s until 1955, a train depot operated there,
as well as dry goods stores, schools, and a mineral springs health
hotel. The old wagon trail and "Hole in the Mountain"
provided the commerce link to folks in Harlan County for many
of their business and personal needs.
I am searching for any old maps, articles, pictures or personal
stories that anyone may have regarding this tunnel and area.
If readers are looking for a great outing and a beautiful view,
don't miss a chance to experience the "Hole in the Mountain."
It is easier to find from the Virginia side, yet most folks on
the Smith, Kentucky, side can tell you where to start from Martins
Daniel C. Spurlock
541 Mt. Arrarat Road
Harrogate, TN 37752