Uncle Bob's Travels

Places I've hung out in, sometimes briefly.

Archive for the tag “Harlan KY”

Black Joe

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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”.

Harlan Water & Ice

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This is the Harlan Water & Ice Co

(below that) __rporate_   (missing letters apparently chiseled out)

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This is now the Harlan KY municipal water works.  I wonder if, at one time, this was a private business and the small strip below the big letters spelled “incorporated”.

More Kentucky Post Offices, one for sale.

Here we go!  First, it’s the formal, official post office in Harlan. The cornerstone (‘way on the left corner) states: A W Mellon Secretary of the Treasury James A Wetmore Acting Supervising Architect 1931.   Harlan first got a post office in 1828, but it had to be named Harlan – after an early family – rather than Mount Pleasant, as it was known at the time.  That name conflicted with another location in the state. So, the song would have been “Goin’ Back to Mount Pleasant”?
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This is the Putney Post Office
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Behold the decommissioned Dehoit post office

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And here’s the best little post office in Mary Alice, now up for sale from the GSA.

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Christ Church Episcopal Harlan KY

This tidy, ashlar stone church was finished in 1930, as you can see from the cornerstone “Anno Domini MCMXXX”.  The window in the lovely, peaceful sanctuary is relatively new, but the organ, to the right, is old, late 1800s from Lexington KY.  This church is across from the old Harlan High School.
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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.

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