Martin Kentucky City Hall — Floyd County, Kentucky

When I was growing up watching WYMT and I would hear Martin or Martin County, I always thought it was like Harlan and Harlan County.  I had no idea that Martin wasn’t even in Martin County.

City Hall -- Martin, Kentucky
As you can see, the town has had its battles with flooding in the past.


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.

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Martin CSX Yard — Floyd County, Kentucky

This is the CSX Martin Yard located in the town of Martin in Floyd County, Kentucky.
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Floyd County Kentucky Ramblings

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.
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Melvin, Kentucky 41650

Melvin is a small community in Floyd County, Kentucky located along state route 122 near its intersection with state route 466 about 3 mile east of Wheelright.
US Post Office -- Melvin, KY US Post Office -- Melvin, KY

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.

Abandoned Drift Theater — Floyd County, Kentucky

This theater is located next door to the former post office of Drift, Kentucky that I covered in this blog in the previous entry.  The building was completed and the theater opened in 1940.
Abandoned Theater -- Drift, KY The theater had one screen and 150 seats. Abandoned Theater -- Drift, KY

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Abandoned Theater -- Drift, KY