Uncle Bob's Travels

Places I've hung out in or just neat postcards

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Closplint KY


Well, the Post Office at Closplint, anyway.  Here’s the story: in 1926 Clover Splint Coal Company started a mining operation in this area and named the nascent town Clover Splint.  When the Postal Service decided to set up an office here in 1928, they thought that Clover Splint was a little too long for their taste, so they shortened it down to Closplint.  “Splint” is a type of hard, bituminous coal that burns at a high temperature.  You can’t make coke from it, though. Any kind of coke.

“Highsplint” is just a hop, skip and a jump away.  So’s Louellen and Louellen Lake.  More on those later.

Harlan KY signs

Both of these signs are in front of Harlan’s impressive courthouse.  The first one reminds us of how chaotic and dangerous it was during the years of the civil war that broke out in the United States in the middle of the 19th century.  “Your burn my courthouse; I’ll burn yours!”

This plaque shows you how long coal has been hauled out of Harlan County (the date’s hard to read. It’s August 23, 1911):

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