The US Post Office for the community of Partridge, Kentucky is located about a mile and a half from the Letcher / Harlan County line on an old alignment of US 119. Partridge is about 5 miles north of Cumberland on US 119 and about 18 miles south of Whitesburg in Letcher County.
This place has always fascinated me. Not because it is some big interesting town or a place with a neat back story. Its always fascinated me because I live in Smith, Kentucky, and this is Smith’s Grove, Kentucky. Kind of like Harlan and Harlan Crossroads, which is another community I will cover in the blog later that is located near Tompkinsville in Monroe County.
Smith’s Grove is located in rural Warren County. The town was incorprated on March 21, 1872.
Wayland, Kentucky is located in Floyd County along highway 7 south of Martin.
The Post Office at Wayland was first established on May 18, 1914. Wayland was incorporated as a sixth class city in 1923. The population of Wayland peaked at the 1940 census at 2,888. Today the population is a little over 400.
Drift, Kentucky is located along state highway 122 between the towns of Martin and McDowell in Floyd County.
The post office at drift was first established in 1909. The origins of the name DRIFT are unclear, but many think that it was named for a local coal mine or after driftwood found in the nearby left fork of Beaver Creek.
The United States Postal Service discontinued service at the Drift Post Office on September 12, 2009.