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Image 2 of Mountain eagle (Whitesburg, Ky.), June 6, 1912

Part of Mountain eagle (Whitesburg, Ky.)

Industrial Edition - Tirst i Section! be ITHountaln HSaalc. mmm and the Mountains Whitesburg, Letcher County YVhitetburg, Letcher County, Kentucky, June 6, 1912 Volume 5 as Number 40 ' ' ' . . m P --'- fi, rfc HE STORY OF LETCHER COUNTY and the mountains is hardly the same as True, the of a fe:v j cars ago. same generous skies bend over them, the same handiwork of God is visible. The old Pine and Black the parents of the thousands of hills dashing away in all directions, burdened to the bursting with multiplied millions of tons of black diamonds and other Taluable deposits -- still stand, holding in reserve their wealth, ready to be tapped by the magic had of development. The old Northfork still threads her obstructed way over pebbly limebotstone beds, over sand-ston- e toms, onward toward the sea. The little rivulets, pure enough, cool enough to slake the thirst of a king, still dash down the hills seeking rest in their mother ifH AJr streams. The aristocrat the autocrat, the humble and the poor, till walk beneath the shady trees, and rest upon their beds of ease as they did in days of yor The giant oaks, the manles green still stand upon the hills, whi'e the little minnows slick with scheen, infest t'icir native rills. The barefoot bov the ragged tass the man of strength and might, still let their favorite phantoms pass as ships that pass at night. But, after all, a change is coming on, on apace, working wonders sublime. The eyes of the industrial world have looked upon us with favor, the magic hand of the financier, whose might is money, has touched the hills and like Aladdin's lamp of old, hath shined into the dark places, turning much to gold. Less than two years ago, 'of the natives, only a dreamer could make believe J. Our view was taken at a distance of about forty-fiv- e miles! down theNorthfork, conrequcntly it is rather email. But it'll get larger about Sjeptember'l. that a railroad would ever pene- suspicious way. The populace into the great Elkhorn coal fields. trate the heart of the hills. But took them to be most everything. True the rest of the story cait Old Dole knew his business, but one evening like a thief at nlht illustrated than told. remarked nothing. The long and old Dole and a crowd of appar- the short of it was, it was the At an enormous: coat the roadbed ently ambitious boys dropped in of this extension a hundred miles of the Northfork - They "ran about in a upon us. of the L & E Railway longihas been built, the North- fore-runn- J? 3 er ftp MOyer; z.7" ch&& coury . Soon to Wake the Echoes NOTE ' Ex-tenti- on fork is spanned about two dozen times along the way by immense bridges with strong stone piers and the track it laid for more than half the distance. In two or th;ee months the dream of the pioneer Dole will be realized and the mighty, trembling engine will be dashing over the rails and butting right into the heart of the big Elkhorn coal fields. So much for the Forth-for- k Extension of the L & E. Simultaneously and in concord with the waking echoes on the Northfork side and alarm was sounded just across the divide on the head of Elkhorn creek in the extreme eastern end of the county. The great Consolidation Coal Company long big operators in the big coal fields of Pennsylvania and West Virginia, having acquired 100,000 acres along the borders of Pike and Letcher had entered the field and started work. While our citizens were sleeping the manipulators of big money were planning. They had the program read and months and months before a move was made. One railroad would not carry tho im:nr.s j of coal andtimb2r from the big fields. The Sandy Valley and Elkhorn Railway a branch of this Big Sandy & Ohio was started at once arid pushed into Jenkins the center of the number of towns buildih2by the Consolidation. To relate the facts atout what ha3 been accomp'isd bv the Consolidation Coal Comranv in their territory and th3 work yet to be done would burden the efforts of the mightiest pen. In other sections of this Eagle and on other pages the camera will show more than can ba pictured re-re- ad tor-na- in words. ge

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