Uncle Bob's Travels

Places I've hung out in, sometimes briefly.

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Old Kentucky Coal Mine

I can tell you this is in Harlan County KY.  It’s NE of Holmes Mill.  But I doubt you’ll never find this aging remnant of a bygone coal mine.  We would have never EVER (did I mention EVER?) found it if a local hadn’t pointed out the way (thank you, again, sir, and I hope you got the couple of squirrels you were hunting for).  There is evidence of a conveyor near this adit, so it must have been outputting a fair amount of product at one time. However, the roof is sagging, the steel is rusting and the whole thing appears to be on the way to that great coal mine in the sky.
Near the opening, someone has stuck a tree limb between the floor and the overhead steel for support. Uh-oh.

This is probably not the proper time to bring this up, but my Mom could fry the heck out of squirrel and do a great gravy.  I had to skin the damn things, though.  I’ll never be a surgeon…

Yard Art

You just never know what will turn up in Harlan County KY.  These are in the front yard of a residence in Breedens Creek hollow near Holmes Mill.  They’re wood carvings, life size.

Mail? Not!


The former Post Office for the unincorporated community of Holmes Mill in Harlan County KY.  A local told us it was shut down about four years ago.  This is on Hwy. 38, west of the large, and dormant, Jericoal complex nearer the Lee County VA line.

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