Uncle Bob's Travels

Places I've hung out in, sometimes briefly.

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Old Power Building, Lynch KY

This was built in the early part of the last century, when U.S. Steel established Lynch to handle the coal needed by the company.  In 1940, the town had a population of 10,000.  Not so today, as I’ve mentioned in earlier posts. This building is, obviously, abandoned.  It was build well and, though crumbling, still has an air of stability about it.

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Lynch KY

Don’t get me wrong, I like Lynch, Kentucky.  I just wish that somewhere along the line, someone – business or government – had allocated money to preserve the outstanding ashlar stone buildings in the downtown.  The two schools are heavily vandalized, but still have old desks and some remaining seats in the auditorium.  It looks as if, one day, everyone just up and left the building, locked the doors and never came back.  Both old school buildings are open to the elements and anyone else who might happen to wander in, like us, but we only wanted to take pix and shift.  There’s a fine old Catholic Church, still going after all these years (100 years old!).  And there’s more.  Visit Lynch.  Don’t look for a 7-11 or a gas station, though.
Here’s the 411 on Lynch:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Steel to Lynch: Nice knowin’ ya!  Bye!

Here’s the old school (there are two side-by-side)

This is the Catholic Church:

This was originally a nice hotel.  It’s apartments now.

There’s more to see, some things have explanatory signs (with a common grammatical error in at least two of them).  There’s a 1925 train station, a tour you can take of Mine #31 and more.  Lynch, Kentucky.  I wonder if these ashlar stones are the handiwork of that group of Italian stonemasons that came to Whitesburg to help build the railroad?

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