At the turn of the other century (the 1900s) there were a number of Italian immigrants who settled in Whitesburg to work in the coal mines and on the railroads that first opened a very isolated Eastern Kentucky. Although they were there for other reasons, they left their mark on the city’s architecture. Many of the old houses and buildings look as if they were lifted out of Italy. One building in particular was built right on the river, reminiscent of Venice.
Along the way (no pun intended) yesterday, I found a city that has come and gone with coal, but is still working hard to maintain its identity.
A barbershop in downtown Whitesburg
I even found a sign with name on it.
The North Fork of the Kentucky River is in the heart of Whitesburg
Italian stone workers who came with the railroad in the early 1900s left their mark on Whitesburg's architecture.
A duck flies up stream over the headwaters of the Kentucky River.