Whitesburg KY

Scenic Railroad takes visitors to old mining camp


In October Carol Caudill and Linda Lucas of Cowan, and Marilyn Banks of Columbus, Ind., rode the Scenic Railroad from Sterns to the Blue Heron Mining Co. The railway goes 600 feet down a ravine beside the Big South Fork of the Kentucky River.

The fall leaves were beautiful. They had lunch at the mining camp and were entertained by local bluegrass bands. Afterward they visited Cumberland Falls and had a wonderful supper at the lodge.

Clayton Banks is doing well after his knee surgery. Also, Mason Lucas is doing well after his surgery in Johnson City Children’s Hospital. The families thank everyone for their prayers.

The Pine Mountain Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution held its November meeting at the East Kentucky Veterans Center at Hazard. This meeting was to honor our veterans and to provide them some entertainment. Small gifts were taken for game prizes. Members present were: Regent Shirley Whitaker, Marsha Banks, Merlene Day, Linda Lucas, Kaye Combs Moore, Stella Elam, Betty Horn and her sister Ida Wright, who lives in Seymour, Ind. Special guests attending were Richard Smith and the Rev. Richard Hampton and his wife Joyce.

Richard Smith showed and discussed several guns that had been made by Allen Blair when he was a neighbor of Richard’s. Mr. Blair is now a member of the Veterans Home, but was not present, as he was in the local hospital. The veterans and the DAR enjoyed singing along with the Hamptons. They expressed sincere appreciation and a warm invitation to visit again.

The Cowan Homemakers met at the beautiful mountain home of Georgia and Bobby Phillips. Husbands were invited, so we had Carroll Shackleford and Duane Yonts, along with Bobby. We were happy to have Ann Bradley with us and appreciate the ride up the hill in the van.

Georgia, as always, had her house and grounds beautifully decorated, and served a delicious, complete Thanksgiving dinner. For something a little different and fun, members exchanged used purses.

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