Saint Charles is the second westernmost incorporated community in the commonwealth of Virginia, only beat out by Jonesville.
The Saint Charles post office was established in 1908 and named for a local coal and land Baron, Charles Bondurant.
Today the town is home to 116 residents.
Stony Fork, Kentucky is a neat community to drive through and check out the relics on the road side. Stony for is located about 10 miles east of Pineville on Kentucky 221. Stony Fork is a coal mining camp that was founded in 1908 with the start of the Stony Fork Coal Company. Many former coal camp houses and even buildings still remain today.
I havent been able to confirm, but I am pretty sure this at one time was a Company store and later a general store for the community of Stony Fork. Today, it is for sale.
Martin is about seven miles south of Prestonsburg on Beaver Creek at the mouth of Bucks Branch. It was an early twentieth century coal mining town originally known as Bucks Branch, but the name Martin was in use by about 1915, for Martin Van Allen, the local postmaster. The Bucks Branch post office opened in 1910, was renamed Smalley in 1913 for Smalley Crisp, a landowner in the area, and finally named Martin in 1926. Martin was incorporated in 1920.
If you dig long and deep enough every one of these train trestles you come across have a unique history and story. This bridge in particular however has a very unique story and history in the fact that it was relocated to this spot.
In 1960 the bridge was relocated to its present home in the Millard community of Pike County, Kentucky by the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad, which is now part of CSX.
A couple of weeks ago I finally went up to Floyd County to see the old Drift Theater for myself. On the way I saw some other pretty neat stuff. Some of these pictures are of places or buildings that will be featured in their own entry later on in this blog, some are just random shots. Floyd County is a very interesting county with a lot of history, a lot of coal mining history to be specific. I hope to explore more there in the near future. In the meantime enjoy & goodnight.
With the completion of the railroad and the bridge across the Russell Fork of the Big Sandy River in Elkhorn City, eastern Pike County and southwest Virginia was linked to the Kentucky Coalfields via railway.
The bridge was completed in 1912. After the completion the Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Railroad and the Carolina, Clinchfield & Ohio Railroad were junctioned up and Elkhorn City became a hub of action and traffic because this is where the two railways interchanged. More information and photos about Elkhorn City and the vital role that this town played in coal transportation will come in this blog when I cover the Elkhorn City Railroad Museum at a later date. Until then check out this website for more information and historical pictures: CLICK HERE
Back at the height of the coal boom in the early part of the 20th century Clinchco had approximately 3500 miners in the town alone.
This is the only coal company building still remaining in Clinchco and at one time or another housed a bank, barber shop, company offices, printing press, school rooms, mortuary, and post office.
Today, Clincho is a shell of its former self. The school has closed but the post office remains in operation at a different location.