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.
CSX Yard -- Martin, KY   CSX Yard -- Martin, KY

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

E.P. Grigsby Store — Martin, Kentucky

This store front is located on main street in Martin (Floyd County) Kentucky.  The proprietor of this store was quite a business man owning several businesses in Martin and went on to become a multi-term mayor of the Floyd County city.

EP Grigsby -- Martin, KY

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

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.