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Jul 5, 2014 - Big South Fork Scenic Railroad and Blue Heron Mining Camp

Another day trip we rode to Stearns, a company town that used to mine coal, cut lumber, and was also a railroad town. Today it is a small friendly town with a local history museum. The day we were there the town was hosting an antique car show. Fred really enjoyed it while I enjoyed the McCreary County History Museum with its exhibits explaining the life in a company town. I learned that Justus Stearns started a coal and lumber company; he built the KY and TN Railway, built the first all-electric sawmill in the United States, and at one...

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Oct 2, 2010 - Busy Week

This week has really gone by quickly. We’ve had a busy week here at the hatchery. Tuesday was the 3rd Annual Catch a Smile Senior Fishing Derby. There were over 100 folks, 62 and older. The day was gorgeous and a lot of fish were caught (the hatchery stocked about 750 1-pound fish). Each participant went home with a door prize. A free lunch of hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, cookies and water or soda was also served. I think the oldest fisherman was 92. Everyone seemed to have a great time. I helped with the registration and lunch and Rick...

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Back at Wolf Creek

Sep 26, 2010 - No Fish This Week

The fish just aren’t biting!!! All week I have been seeing them in the creek but there is a world of difference between fishing and catching. My only consolation is that the other fishermen (and women) haven’t caught any either. We are all hoping that things change for Tuesdays’s Senior Fishing Derby and Wednesday’s Reaching for Rainbows Special Kids Fishing Derby. Two exciting days for two special groups of people! This past week was fairly normal but with some unique happenings like being up close and personal with some deer – a doe and a...

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Back at Wolf Creek

Sep 15, 2010 - We're No Longer Sinking in the Gravel

September 15: We moved our rig today onto another site that is definitely more stable than our first site and much more level. I no longer feel like I am tilting. We said goodbye to two workamper couples this week (Kirk and Pam Wood and Mike and Kathy Gautier). It's always a little sad when folks you have met and are getting to be friends with move on to their next spot. Both are full timers. Makes us think more and more that that is the life we would like to lead but for now we will stay occasional workampers. The weather is still hot...

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Sep 8, 2010 - Big South Fork Scenic Railway

We completed our 1st workday on Labor Day. (The Visitors Center [VC] had over 1500 folks during the weekend.) Most of the duties are coming back quickly and there are only a few new things to do - like feeding the corn snake 3 frozen mice every 2 or 3 days. (I DO NOT DO this only Rick. I stay away from all snakes.) Tuesday - I fixed the broken kitchen faucet and stopped a leak under the sink. Then I rewarded myself and went fishing, caught one trout and a dozen or so sunfish and fresh water drum (small and boney). Betsy relaxed out of the...

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May 26, 2009 - Tuesday May 26 – Blue Heron Campground – Big Forks National Park Kentucky

Our last day here – we hiked (with all the dogs) to Devil’s Jump Overlook and then to Gorge Overlook. Did laundry in the little town of Whitley City and found their very nice library where we downloaded email for the first time in a week. Yikes!! Ate lunch at a local restaurant, the Dairy Bar, which opened in 1933. It is a typical old time eatery with wonderful burgers, and ice cream served along with 60’s music. They even offer curb service if you park outside and honk. The ticks continue to be plentiful but the good news is that the...

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Mills Spring 2009

May 24, 2009 - Sat May 23 - Memorial Day, Monday May 25 – Blue Heron Mining Community

Very quiet weekend – campground was full but almost everyone else left on Memorial Day. We walked through the Blue Heron Mining Community. The Park Service rebuilt the buildings in one of the coal mining towns. This mine was shut down in 1962 but none of the original buildings were still standing. Each building had a recording (that actually worked) of people telling about working in the mines, the company store, company script (money), housing, recreation and religion. These people were almost slaves. They were paid 31¢ for each TON of...

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Mills Spring 2009

May 22, 2009 - Friday, May 22, Barthell Coal Mine

We visited the Barthell Coal Mining Camp and museum and received a private tour from the owner. The mine is on private property that is surrounded by the Big Forks National Park. This mine was a small camp of about 200 workers. It closed in 1948 and was never as modern as some of the other mines in the area. The miners had to work on their knees most of the time because the coal vein was only about 30 inches high. The coal cars were first pulled by ponies and later by a sort of trolley car.

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Mills Spring 2009

May 21, 2009 - Thursday, May 21, travel to Big South Fork National Park and Blue Heron Campground

This is a small (45 unit) campground that is only full on holiday weekends. Very nice shaded campsites. We have already had a campfire and toasted marshmallows. Yumm. We are also becoming aware of the wonderful crop of ticks that are hatching out in the woods. I applied Frontline while we were at Four Paws but we gave all the dogs a bath right before we left. Between the bath and swimming in the pond, the dogs are evidently no longer protected so we reapplied the Frontline and are doing tick searches several times a day.

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Mills Spring 2009

Aug 29, 2008 - Stearns, Ky

ALL mornings start with high test coffee! From there it is uphill all the way. Speaking of uphill-out in the wilderness 1.3 miles can seem as if one hiked 36 miles in 8 hours. We set out to see Kentucky's highest waterfall-135 feet. The graduated path appeared to be benign. Yey, successfully reached the destination. I hope you can appreciate the size of the rock overhang as this served as home to some family 9,000 years ago. The archeologists have located much evidence to prove this. It is incredible to believe how primitively these folks...

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Aug 26, 2008 - Back to Kentucky

Settling into one's new yard is an easy experience, especially if you are not the one driving. Each of us has our duties which makes for a smoother process. Yes, I'm still "organizing". While enroute to tour the Sgt Alvin York exhibit, we passed through Fentress, Tn. It is rather humble & quaint as most of these little towns go; however, it seems infant Mark Twain did some marketing here, also. See the picture. Sgt Alvin York's home and businesses were returned to the state of Tn Park system by his family. He noteriety came from single...

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