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 would like to hear from anyone who has memories about a place
in Letcher County, Kentucky, called Sawdust Junction.
Sawdust Junction was located in the southern end of Isom, at
the intersection of old Highway 15 and Highway 7.
Please feel free to contact me with any memories, photos, or
tales about this interesting place.
Shirley F. Breeding
P. O. Box 1
Isom, KY 41824
Several years ago photos of the North and South Manchester L&N
Railroad Depots were published in The Kentucky Explorer. Since
then I have lost that issue of the magazine.
If anyone has these photos or knows in which issues they were
published, please contact me.
Also, I would like to see more photos of Clay County in the magazine.
I live at Garrard, about a mine from where the South Manchester
Depot used to be.
Terry L. Harris
1095 Paces Creek Road
Manchester, KY 40962
Old Regular Baptist
I have various booklets of the Mountain Association Old Regular
Baptist Church Minutes dated beginning in 1955, with various
years up to 1980. These minutes are from various churches in
John Henry Arrowood of Canoe, Breathitt County, Kentucky, was
my great-great-grandfather. He worked for the L&N Railroad
and was an Old Regular Baptist minister.
My grandmother, Mandy "Lettie" Johnson Combs, was a
midwife in the Joe Little Fork and Canoe area of Breathitt County.
If anyone would like further information on the Old Regular Baptist
Church minute books, or if anyone has any information or records
of Mandy "Lettie" Johnson Combs, please contact me.
4226 HWY 15 S.
Jackson, KY 41339
A History Of Kentucky Food
I wonder if Kentucky Explorer readers are interested in sharing
some of their favorite memories for a book, A History of Kentucky
Food, due to be published next spring.
The book will include traditional recipes, history, and personal
recollections. Did Aunt Bertha insist on using a certain cast-iron
skillet? Did Gran make her cornbread a particular way? What are
your food memories?
I am also interested in photos, which will be returned once scanned.
For those who are interested, feel free to contact me.
2555 Crusaders Way
Lexington, KY 40509
These are only a few of the many queries
inside The Kentucky Explorer.