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

February 2014

Coal Washing Plants
In Corbin, Kentucky

Dear Editor:
I am looking for any photographs, old or new, and the history of the coal washing plants in Corbin, Kentucky.
Anything would be appreciated.
Paul Korn
Federal Medical Center
P. O. Box 14500
Lexington, KY 40512

Adult Sunbonnet Pattern

Dear Editor:
I am interested in finding an adult sunbonnet pattern.
Pamela Copenhaver
1908-1912 S. Fourth Street
Springfield, IL 62703

Magazine Like A Visit
From Friends

Dear Editor:
I would like to thank The Kentucky Explorer for publishing my article, "Two Great Ministers," that appeared on page 78 of the "I Remember" section of the November 2013 issue.
The Explorer is like a visit from Kentucky friends.
Thanks to the staff of The Explorer for such a wonderful magazine.
Elizabeth H. McKinney
P. O. Box 235
East Stone Gap, VA 24246

Info. Wanted On Camp
Near Sassafras

Dear Editor:
My dad, Silas Ashley, who is now deceased, grew up in the Yellow Creek area near Sassafras in Knott County, Kentucky. Near Yellow Creek, maybe within a mile or so, was a camp where blacks lived. The camp was located near the railroad tracks. I believe it was in one of the hollows. The men from these families probably worked in the coal mines.
There may have been other camps in the general area, because my mom, Ina Ashley, who grew up right outside of Vicco, Perry County, also remembers black families living nearby.
This is part of the history connected to my family. Mom has told me more than once that she remembers the families being nice and kind.
I believe this history, and that of the coal mining camps, is essentially being lost. These camps no longer exist and not many who lived in them are still living.
If anyone has information on these camps, please contact me.
Also, I would like information on the old route of Kentucky Highway 15 through Knott County and the area there. Are there any remnants of it left?
I really enjoy The Kentucky Explorer and appreciate the history being preserved of Kentucky, which is my heritage.
Tim Ashley
2400 W. Clinton Street, Apt. 15
Goshen, IN 46526

These are only a few of the many queries inside The Kentucky Explorer.