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.
Ballard County was formed from portions of Hickman County and McCracken County. Ballard County has the distinction of being the county in Kentucky that borders both Illinois and Missouri.It was named for Bland Ballard , a Kentucky pioneer and soldier who served as a scout for General George Rogers Clark during the American Revolutionary War, and later commanded a company during the War of 1812. On February 17, 1880, the courthouse was destroyed by a fire, which also destroyed most of the county’s early records. At this time the countyseat and courthouse was located in Blandville.
The county seat was transferred from Blandville to Wickliffe in 1882. This courthouse was built in 1903 with the designs of Missouri architect Jerome B. Legg. It is located in the heart of Wickliffe making it the county’s most prominent structure. On February 27, 1980 the courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
This truss bridge carries old Illinois state route 3 over Sexton Creek near the community of Gale in northern Alexander County, Illinois.
The bridge was constructed in 1933 and bypassed by the reconstruction of state route 3 to the west in 1990.
The bridge is 337 feet long and 23 feet wide. It was rehabilitated in 2011
This bridge is elegible to be considered to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
One of my favorite things to kill time doing is to get on google earth and “drive” around off the beaten path. I lived in Greensboro, North Carolina for a little bit and grew attached to the area so I travel between Harlan and Greensboro several times a year. A couple of months ago I was “driving” on google earth just south of Fort Chiswell, Virginia in Wythe County and discovered the long closed and abandoned Austinville School in Austinville. Ill have more on the fascinating history of the community of Austinville and its connections to our ancsestors right here in Harlan County and all of Kentucky tomorrow. For now, enjoy the pictures and as always feedback is welcome!
The school was constructed in the early 1950s. One source lists the correct date as 1952 and another lists and 1953. The school sits near the intersection of state route 619 and 636 just south of the New River.
The school closed in 2001 when declining enrollment forced the Wythe County School Board to combine Austinville students with nearby Jackson Memorial Elementary students.
Flag Pond Elementary School was located in the Unicoi County community of Flag Pond, high up in the deep mountains of extreme eastern Tennessee bordering North Carolina.
The current Flag Pond School was created when Rocky Fork School and Sweetwater School were consolidated.
Interestingly enough, another earlier school was located in the community called “Hog Skin”.
Today the Flag Pond School sits empty and although has been that way for around 20 years, it still seems to be secured and maintained. The grounds of this school is home to the annual ramp festival which is held on the second Saturday of May each year. Information about this past years festival can be found by clicking HERE
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.
The Mars Hill Theatre, the only theater located in Madison County, North Carolina opened originally in 1947.
The theater operated until 1992 when it was closed.
Renovations began in 2014 and on June 11, 2016, the theater reopened to the public. This theater is unique in the fact that it has an on site radio station based at the theater.
These two buildings are part of what remains of the former College Grove High School in College Grove, Tennessee. College Grove is located in middle Tennessee about 22 miles West – Southwest of Murfreesboro. The buildings photograhed in this entry were part of the College Grove Combined School. Until 1975 this school served students in grades K-12. In 1975 Page High School opened and upper grade students from College Grove were absorbed into that new school. This old building would remain in operation until 1992 when a newly constructed campus opened to serve the students of College Grove.
The gymnasium was completed in 1961 and replaced a gym that had been constructed on the school grounds in 1924.
The Auditorium was completed in 1957.
Courtland High School was located in northern Alabama 23 miles east of Muscle Shoals.
The school was abandoned when students from Courtland were sent to nearby R.H. Hubbard High School in the mid 2000s sometime around 2004-05.
The school was auctioned off in the fall of 2014 for a cost of 50,000 dollars. There is now some sort of haunted house ran out of the school building and part of the lot where the school lies has been donated to the neighboring church.
Looks as though the Chiefs had quite a reputation for Football across the state of Alabama.