Coal Country over NYC

Before I tell you where I am going, let me tell you where I am. Every one knows all about The Big Apple, but do you know about Pike County, Kentucky?

Pike County, Kentucky is the east most county in the state. We boarder both West Virginia and Virginia and  are nestled in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains.There are about 65,000 people in this town so we are still large enough to were you don’t know everyone, but you feel like you do.

If by chance you have heard about my small town, the words redneck, hillbilly, Mountain Dew mouth and coal probably run through you mind. I have to say, I have been from here to Phoenix Arizona and I have discovered that it seems like redneck, hillbilly and bad teeth are not just in our little town, but every where. We have a bad name, but don’t judge it until you have been here and lived to tell about it.

Coal is a big deal in this area. It is what we are known for and it’s how a lot of us make a living. In recent years, a lot of mining companies have closed down the shafts. Closing down the mines are literally turning towns like mine into ghost towns. I mean you have to go where the work is.

I am not familiar about other places, but Pike County is rising up. We have built shopping centers and restaurants to bring jobs, as well as currently we are in the process of building a ophthalmology school and a distillery to bring more people and jobs back into our town.

Today, there is always something fun to do. Friday nights bring Main Street Live, which is where local bands come out and play right on Main Street. Once a month, in the warmer months, there is a car show, drag races and burn out. Also, we have the Expo Center, that holds concerts, shows and events.

Growing up, I felt trapped here. I was busting at the seams. I couldn’t wait until I could make the first break across the county lines into a larger city such as Lexington. But now, as an adult, I know I could never call any other place, “home”.

I love this town. The majority of my family lives within the county. Not to mention this place is beautiful. You can look out any window and see the Appalachian Mountains. It is safe and it gives me so much pride to say “I’m from Pikeville, Kentucky”.

 

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