Welch, West Virginia

Welch is the county seat of McDowell County, the southern most of the West Virginia counties.
Experimenting With Leaks The city was incorporated in 1893. Welch was made the county seat of McDowell County by the voters in 1892. Until that point the county seat was Perryville which was located on present day West Virginia Route 83 along the Dry Fork. Results of the election were contested so to avoid violence county records were secretly moved from Perryville to Welch at night in two wagons by James A. Strother and Trigg Tabor. Flat Iron Pharmacy -- Welch, West Virginia
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Stony Fork, Kentucky

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.
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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.
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Betty Howard Coal Miner’s Memorial Theater –Harlan County, Kentucky

The Betty Howard Coal Miner’s Memorial Theater is located in the town of Benham, Kentucky in northern Harlan County.  Benham is a former company town built by Wisconsin Steel subsidiary International Harvester in the 1910s and 1920s.
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The theater was built by the coal company in 1921. Over the years as with many coal company towns, the theater and other buildings fell into disrepair. Benham, however is a great success story of preservation and rejuvenation. On July 21, 1983 the theater along with most of the other buildings surviving in Benham were placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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That includes the theater. The town sought for private funding to restore the theater. In December of 2006 the theater was re-dedicated.

First National Bank of Iaeger, West Virginia

Iaeger WV The First National Bank of Iaeger was founded in 1918 in the McDowell County town of Iaeger.Iaeger, WV
The First National Bank Of Iaeger in West Virginia printed $287,830 dollars worth of national currency. That is a pretty standard output. However, some types of currency from this bank could still be rare. This national bank opened in 1918 and stopped printing money in 1930, which equals a 13 year printing period. That is actually quite brief in terms of bank existence. During its life, The First National Bank Of Iaeger issued 4 different types and denominations of national currency.

War City Hall — McDowell County, West Virginia

War bills itself as West Virginia’s southern-most city. War is located on state highway 16 about 15 miles south of Welch. War was the home of Big Creek High School, Homer Hickam’s alma mater.
War City Hall, War West Virginia
War was incorporated as a city in 1920. The population of War peaked in 1950 at 3,992. According to the 2014 census estimate the town has a population of 793.
War, West Virginia

Wheelright High School Gymnasium — Floyd County, Kentucky

Wheelright High School was located in southern Floyd County near the junction of state route 122 and 306.
Wheelright Gym  -- Wheelright, KY The high school building no longer exists as it was demolished sometime in the mid to late 90s. Wheelright high school was very similar in construction to the high school at Wayland that I covered in this blog in a previous entry. A picture of the Wheelright High School building can be found by clicking  HERE.  All that remains standing is this beautiful art deco inspired gymnasium. Wheelright Gym  -- Wheelright, KY
Wheelright High School’s mascot was the Trojans and the school colors were maroon and white.
Wheelright Gym  -- Wheelright, KY The high school was closed at the end of the 1993 school year when South Floyd High School at neighboring Hi-Hat opened its doors to students that following fall. Wheelright Gym  -- Wheelright, KY

Neon Theater — Letcher County, Kentucky

There are conflicting sources of information about this theater and its origins online.  I’ve spent the better part of the afternoon trying to figure out which theater this is of the three that have been in the small town of Neon, Kentucky over the course of its existence.
Neon Theater -- Neon, KY
Im leaning towards this being the theater that was built in 1949 to replace The Bentley that was destroyed by fire in 1944.  The architectural features of this building tend to lend itself to that era.
Neon Theater -- Neon, KY
There were hopes as recently as 2012 to restore the theater but no action on those hopes have come to reality yet.
Neon Theater -- Neon, KY
The building most recently served as a combination Army Surplus Store / Video Rental

Melvin Grade School — Floyd County, Kentucky

This is the former Melvin Grade School located in Melvin, Kentucky.
Melvin Grade School -- Floyd Co, KY The school is located along state highway 466 in southern Floyd County. The school was originally constructed in 1949 and replaced a one room school at nearby Abner and a three room school at nearby Weeksburry. Melvin Grade School -- Floyd Co, KY
The Melvin Grade School served the community for nearly 40 years.  A neat picture of 8th grade class from 1985 can be found by clicking HERE

 

The school closed at the end of the 1997-98 school year. The grounds currently serve as the grounds for a junk yard.

Wayland, Kentucky 41666

Wayland, Kentucky is located in Floyd County along highway 7 south of Martin.

Post Office -- Wayland, KY
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 41619

Drift, Kentucky is located along state highway 122 between the towns of Martin and McDowell in Floyd County.
Former Post Office -- Drift, Kentucky
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.