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Stories-A History of Appalachia

Jan 25, 2020

Many years ago a railroad ran from Johnson City, Tennessee, over the mountains to the North Carolina high country in Boone.  This narrow-gauge passenger and freight railroad is no more, but it is remembered in a theme park named after it, the Tweetsie Railroad. 

Today we tell its story.

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Jan 18, 2020

Wyoming County, West Virginia, contains a set of strange rock carvings called petroglyphs on a rock ledge of a cliff overhanging the upper Clear Fork of the Guyandotte River.  While most scientists think these etchings are the work of Native Americans, some people argue they were made by Irish Christians during...


Jan 11, 2020

In 1937 the state of Tennessee passed a law that forbade marriage for anyone under the age of 16, without their parents' permission.  The first case brought under that new law involved 32 year-old Homer Peels, who married Geneva Hamby, who was 11 years old, in Monroe County.

Today we tell that story.

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Jan 4, 2020

What do you get when you mix a coal mine, explosives, and greed?  Why, you get today's bit of Appalachian history, of course!  

Today we tell the tale of an insurance scheme gone horribly wrong in Pike County, Kentucky back in 1925.

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