Uncle Bob's Travels

Places I've hung out in, sometimes briefly.

Whitesburg KY

Whitesburg is the county seat of Letcher County KY.   A colony of Italian stoneworkers came to Whitesburg around 1911 to help build the L&N railroad, which operated up until the late 80s, when the tracks were taken out.  Their expertise in ashlar stone work contributed to the beauty of several downtown buildings, especially the Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church (first picture), built in 1938.  In fact, just below the name plate next to the door is a representation of a boot.  I was told it was a homage to the stoneworkers’ native land.  The next picture is a close-up  of the boot.   Then there is the very tidy ashlar stone arch bridge just east of town that crosses over the North Fork of the Kentucky River.  A posting of this bridge on bridgehunter.com says it was built in 1912, but I think it is later (I welcome comments on this).  Finally, a tightly cropped (I had a perspective problem) look at a proud, former Coca-Cola bottling plant, now a college.

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