Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Sterns, KY


After my hike I decided I needed to see something a bit different, so I got in the car and took the back roads to Sterns, KY a former mining town.  The town has a cool old train that takes tourists into Big South Fork Park.  I missed the train by a couple of hours, bummer, but still had fun checking out some of the remnants of this former company town.



I loved the old General Store, which was HUGE and is now used as a sort of Auction House.  It was across the street from a place called Coal Miner's Jamboree with dances every Friday & Saturday and church services on Sunday.  I was there Sunday and they were broadcasting the music outside as well as in, old time Johnny Cash and Loretta Lynn.  What surprised me is that they had bouncers outside - I get bouncers for the evening events - but it made me curious about the type of service that needed bouncers, if I hadn't been alone I would have gone in to check it out.


There was one spot where you could literally stand underneath the train tracks - would have been a cool way to see a train.


But my favorite was this wall with its "graffiti" made with a pencil.  Tagging has reached Southeast KY.

I considered several great train songs for today's post - but in the end could pass up an opportunity to share a little Loretta Lynn.  I thought about going old school, because I do love old school Loretta, but instead decided her more recent duet with Jack Black was just the thing.  Could have to do with the fact that I'm feeling a little homesick for the Pacific Northwest after watching a certain movie last week.



I thought I was done with this post, but then I saw a link to Johnny Cash's "God's Gonna Cut You Down, the exact song the Coal Miner's Jamboree was broadcasting while I took my photos.

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7 comments:

Tammy Lee Bradley said...

Oh, I love that little train. Too cool.

Stephanie said...

Great old school country artists to go with your vintage pictures!
Thanks for the kind words left on my blog :)

krissilugbill said...

what a fun adventure :) that is really strange that they had bouncers during the day...? love that little wall :)

R Montalban said...

What a really lovely piece, town looks really interesting and really like the photographs - but then all your posts are nice.

R Montalban said...

Love, love love the Johnny Cash video - the filming is just so cool.

Karen said...

Love the photo of the general store. The contrasting colors are great. Great song selections, too!

Sherree said...

these are great and the funny thing is I was going to shoot the same ideas today lol.love them!

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