This week I was able to take a sneak peak inside of a long abandoned building in the coal fields of Harlan County Kentucy. This building once served as the company store for the Mary Helen Coal Company. Later it served as the Coalgood supply company store and the Coalgood, Kentucky post office. The post office was closed August 31, 2004. The store building and most of the land around this area is now owned by Coalgood Energy Company.
The outside of the building shows the sheer size of this building and the relative closeness of the business to the mining operations. The sign for the post office is still on one of the doors downstairs.
My hope for such a building would be that at some point someone would purchase it with concrete plans that could be of some type of service to the community, whether it be low income apartments, maybe some type of small business, possibly even a call center. There is a lot of room in this building and it is still structurally sound. As it sits now it is nothing but an eye sore to many, but to me its a glimpse into the past and a different way of life in my home town.