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mcbear300E - 3/13/2006 2:53 PM

....sadly for the past zillion years Harlan has been a DRY county ........
where is the nearest WET county? anything on the way down from the capital? near by VA dry?
Harlan is beautiful but US421 south has to be one of the biggest cuts in the freaking world.. close to 20mi of 10 or more stories cut off of the mountains..

KY seems to be pretty tough on DIU, AI (PI)etc.. also a bit on the whacky side with some of the goings on down there. thusfar southern KY seems to be more together then the northern parts.. imho based on pretty limited experiences. actually, come to think of it, Harlan is the only place in KY i didn't get messed with by the pigs or local drunks.(LBL, Big S. Fork, Mommoth NP - general areas) hmm?

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Reminds me of a movie with a black trans am....
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Well, the movie with the black TA was about 200 miles south. As for Harlan, closest Wet county would be Laural which is on I-75 about 60 miles away. I don't think Bell or Knox county are but I moved from that area years ago up to Lexington and beyond.

In the '20s through '40s it was moonshine that spurred the local illegal economy, producing for Knoxville, Lexington, Newport, Cincy and Louisville. In the '50s and '60s it was bootlegging where beer and liquor were brought in (also done in the '20s through 40s. Late '60s through the early '90s, Harlan had a huge pot economy that pretty much kept up with anything national. Now, sadly they have moved to meth production. Once the main mining and timber industries moved out, there was just no work for the population and folks just did not have any work or future.

Most would have to quit school to take over feeding the family after one of the parents would end of disabled or dead from what mining there was and the cycle began. It continues to this day.

Logic would say move to where the jobs are but most of the labor jobs in KY have been offshored and there are no training centers left for these guys.


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