Uncle Bob's Travels

Places I've hung out in, sometimes briefly.

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Four Kentucky Post Offices

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Eastern KY.  It’s on Highway 80, near Langley KY

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Wayland KY. Clarence Wayland was a U.S. Senator.

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Topmost KY.  Knott County.  Place used to be called “Republican”

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Kite KY.  Knott County.  Named for the bird, I read.

Bevinsville and Melvin KY

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The Post Office at Melvin KY, on KY Route 122.

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And this is Bevinsville KY Post Office.

Normally, I rely on two sources for information on the places I post – a book on Kentucky place names and, of course, Google.  This time, I couldn’t find diddly on either of these locations.  Annoying.

Coldiron and Wallins Creek Post Offices

We’re in Harlan County KY, recording post offices.

First for this day was the Post Office at Coldiron KY.  The first PO here was established in 1928.  Mary Coldiron was the postmistress, but the reference book I use indicates that Coldiron got its name from one Elihu Coldiron, and early settler.
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And here is the Wallins Creek Post Office.  The first PO was set up in 1866.  Wallins Creek, according to the place name book, is named after a pioneer surveyor who was slain by indigenous warriors in this area.
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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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A few Kentucky post offices

This is the former Thornton Post Office, near Sergent (pronounced just as it’s spelled), off Highway 1862
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This is the new Mayking-Millstone-Thornton Post Office, in Mayking:
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Post Offices #2

Cucumber, West Virginia (probably named for the cucumber magnolia trees in the area)(maybe).

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Meadowview VA

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