110 Followers… Awesome.
From the start, every 10 followers I have posted a special photo or an informational post. Well, 110 is a big number to me. So here we go!
I was born and raised in a town that is economically essential to coal production in Kentucky, but is completely ignored, and always has been. We are poor, a little stuck in our ways, and as tightly knit as any family.
My home is frustrating and beautiful. There are those who spend their whole lives wanting to get away, and finally do. Others move away but still tell people they’re from Harlan. The rest of us won’t leave until we’re forced.
The air here smells like coal and diesel fuel from the trucks that carry it. The air is thick with black smoke and men cash their checks covered in soot.
But we are surrounded by mountains boiling over with fruits and fungus and animals, wild flowers and loud, clear waters. Summers are hot, winters are cold, and autumns are beautiful.
Our county is known for our violent civil war with the wealthy over our most precious mineral: coal.
I’m from Bloody Harlan County, USA, and I would like to share my home with you guys.