Levi Jackson State Park
A visit to Sterns, Ky and South Fork Railroad with a train ride to Blue Heron Mining Camp that now is a ghost town beautifully designed to show and honor the coal miners from this area.
This is a dog friendly place, our group had three dogs with us today
Look at this closely, this is a trailer that has rail wheels on front and back,
the trailer's tires are up off the track about 6 inches or so. This train was at least 100 trailers long.
Coal mining and timber were the major industries, now no coal and very little timber,
this is a holding pond for logs
Old road going to the Coal Camp
This was the community bath house. The miners went on strike for two days to get it.
The miners took their job serious and never joked around underground, but when above ground it was different. It was common to take someone's clothes or towel so there were baskets that they could put their clothes in and then lock the basket and tie it on a rope that was then hoisted up high on a beam above where you were taking your shower/
Inside the coal mine
Looking down on the train yard where the coal was loaded
Buddy takes it all in stride.
He will usually put up with anything as long as we are with him
Going into a tunnel
Next we are off to Cumberland Falls State Park
Crossing the Cumberland River on the way to the Falls State Park
There had been a rain so the river is a little muddy and a little on the high side
Lots of water coming over the falls creating lots of mist
trail down to the look out platform
I thought this was a cute bug on the cement, he was in the way of traffic
so I helped him over to the grass
Just happened to find a picture of him in the gift shop
View from the Cumberland Falls Lodge dinning room where we had lunch
Our next stop is only 35 miles away at Renfro Valley
Safe travels to all
Nancy and Joe