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
Coal Washing Plants
In Corbin, Kentucky
I am looking for any photographs, old or new, and the history
of the coal washing plants in Corbin, Kentucky.
Anything would be appreciated.
Federal Medical Center
P. O. Box 14500
Lexington, KY 40512
Adult Sunbonnet Pattern
I am interested in finding an adult sunbonnet pattern.
1908-1912 S. Fourth Street
Springfield, IL 62703
Magazine Like A Visit
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
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
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
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.
2400 W. Clinton Street, Apt. 15
Goshen, IN 46526
These are only a few of the many queries
inside The Kentucky Explorer.