Uncle Bob's Travels

Places I've hung out in or just neat postcards

Archive for the tag “coal town”

Black Joe


This is in Harlan County KY, near Harlan.  From the research I’ve done on this, nobody seems to know how this community got its name.  Two coal companies headquartered here: Harlan Fox Coal/Mining Company 1918-1932 and JB Blue Gem Coal Company 1920-22.  The Post Office was named “Black Joe”, but the railroad (L&N) referred to the station here as “Woods Station”.

Grays Knob KY Post Office

Grays Knob is south of Harlan on 72.  This modest post office is on Judy Drive.  Grays Knob is an old coal town remade into quite a fast food and shopping center.  Wiki says it’s named after a local hill…duh.  The town gained a  post office in 1911.


McRoberts Elementary School

McRoberts Community, outside Jenkins KY, has been around since 1912 or so.  It was a Consolidated Coal town.  The original McRoberts Elementary came into being around a century ago.  This incarnation, as such, was closed last year, according to a news story on a local TV station.


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