Harlin county, USA......

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  1. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

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    my father and his side of the family were coal miners in southern WVa. and ive heard a few stories but not much because my hippy mother left him and took us back to the city......

    i just watched in it's entirety the movie/documentary Harlin county USA and i just had no idea what the coal miners went through in the areas of east Ky and south WVa., and now i know what those stories i heard were about.....

    if you ever get the chance to watch this program it is something to see.

    i saw it on the IFC.

    just thought id make note of my enlightenment of those folk's plight....
     
  2. Indy_Guy_77

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    Used to work with a guy from Harlin Co, Ky.

    Just about all the men in his family, save for him, had black lung disease. And were dirt poor.

    Something "romantic" about growing up in the hills 'n hollers and such, I 'spose.

    -J-
     

  3. cowboywannabe

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    it is a world unto its own in the appalachain mountains....particularly in the area of east Ky, southern WVa. and southwestern Va.
     
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    I'll always remember the scene where they're pointing to the guy's brains all over the ground. HH
     
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    I have been to Harlan, and most of Eastern Ky. on many occasions with my job. It is a different world, and that isn't meant as a bad thing. The people I have met can be some of the nicest, most generous people you could ever hope to meet. But don't cross them.

    I saw that it was on IFC today, but I didn't find out till about 10 min left.
     
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    I was born and raised in Logan County, West Virginia.
    Not far from Harlan Co. Kentucky.

    My father was a coal miner.
    I was about 7 years old before we moved into a house
    with an indoor bathroom.

    Most Americans have no knowledge of that part of the country.
    If they only knew!
     
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    A few years ago people in Harlin county convinced the coal and lumber companies to lease the unused land to the state for nothing. The set up a recreational organization and converted it into an Offroad Vehicle ATV park called Black Mountain. Now there are thousands of acres of land that are all tied together. W.Virginia has the same type of thing called the Hatfield/McCoy trails. In fact they did it first. Those are areas are some other best offroad and ATV trails in the US.
     
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    My M-I-L was from Harlan, KY.

    Her Dad was a mine inspector, and lost his life during a mine cave-in.