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Committees join to identify Letcher County landmarks that are at least 85 years old




This view of downtown Whitesburg was taken last week from the bucket of a fire truck as members of the Whitesburg Fire Department hung new banners on Main Street. The banners depict diff erent landmarks located in Letcher County.

This view of downtown Whitesburg was taken last week from the bucket of a fire truck as members of the Whitesburg Fire Department hung new banners on Main Street. The banners depict diff erent landmarks located in Letcher County.

The Letcher County Tourism Commission and the Mountain Heritage Festival Committee have worked together to identify at least 85 landmarks in Letcher County that are around 100 years old.

Thirty-six of the landmarks are featured on new banners that are on display in downtown Whitesburg. The landmarks, including churches, residences, schools, businesses and a bridge, will be featured in a book called “Letcher County Landmarks”, which will be published in the next few months.

“It’s going to be a book with a lot of color photos,” said David Narramore, chairperson of the Letcher County Tourism Commission. “We were trying to identify historical landmarks before they no longer exist.”

Narramore said the book will contain detailed information and geographic guides so people can easily find the landmarks. Narramore wants the book to stimulate interest in people to visit these places.

Connie Fields, a member of the Mountain Heritage Festival Committee, took the photos that appear on the banners and took some of the photos that will appear in the book. LeeAnna Mullins, chairperson of the Mountain Heritage Festival Committee, researched the dates of the historic structures and verified the content through research. Mullins obtained historic photos and conducted oral history interviews.

Assistant Whitesburg Fire Chief Perry Fowler placed a new banner on a pole on Main Street last week. The project is a joint effort by the Letcher County Tourism Commission and the Mountain Heritage Festival Committee. LeeAnna Mullins, chairperson of the Mountain Heritage Festival Committee, said the goal is that next year communities can borrow the banners to use during the diff erent festivals. (Photos by Sally Barto)

Assistant Whitesburg Fire Chief Perry Fowler placed a new banner on a pole on Main Street last week. The project is a joint effort by the Letcher County Tourism Commission and the Mountain Heritage Festival Committee. LeeAnna Mullins, chairperson of the Mountain Heritage Festival Committee, said the goal is that next year communities can borrow the banners to use during the diff erent festivals. (Photos by Sally Barto)

“We’ve literally searched every spot,” said Narramore.

The landmarks to be featured in the book are:

• Indian Bottom Church in Letcher (founded 1810)

• Eolia Cabin on the Underground Railroad (1818)

• Maggard Old Regular Baptist Church in Eolia (founded 1825)

• Bert Banks Barn at Cowan (1848)

• Presley Branch Cabin on Flat Gap Road (1850)

• Big Cowan Regular Baptist Church (founded 1858)

• Banks Cabin at Cowan (1873)

• Ison House at Linefork (1888)

• Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church in Whitesburg (founded 1896)

• Judge Ira Fields House in Whitesburg (1897)

• Day House in Whitesburg (1900)

• L.W. Fields House in Whitesburg (1903)

• Whitesburg Methodist Church (founded 1906)

• Urias Webb House in Mayking (1907)

• Doty Creek School (1910)

• Stuart Robinson School in Letcher (founded 1910)

• Camp Branch Methodist Episcopal Church (1911)

• Francis Gary Powers House in Burdine (1912)

• Jenkins Railroad Depot Museum (1912)

• Old Jenkins High School (1912)

• Doty Creek Old Regular Baptist Church (founded 1913)

• Doermann Memorial Presbyterian Church in Blackey (1914)

• McRoberts Missionary Baptist Church (1914)

• W.E. Cook Building in Whitesburg (1914)

• Mine Manager’s House in McRoberts (1914)

• Mine Manager’s Lakeside Residence in Jenkins (1914)

• Jenkins Methodist Church (1914)

• J.D. Maggard’s Store in Eolia (1914)

• J.H. Frazier Building in Whitesburg (1914)

• SECO Company Store (1915) • Daniel Boone Hotel (1915)

• Palumbo House (1918)

• Wesley Wright House in Neon (1918)

• Carcassonne Community Center (1931)

• Rockvine Church in Partridge (1933)

• Upper Bottom Bridge in Whitesburg (1938)

• Neon Junction (1939-1940) • McRoberts World War II Memorial (1942)

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