Pretty good for a small town!

Pretty good for a small town!

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rawtruth

Harlan, KY

#1 Dec 15, 2009
Seems there has been a lot of Harlan "Bashing" going on lately. I really dont know why. Because no matter were your from or how poor the region you call home. We are all still just human beings. With all possessing the same potential for achievement and success. I am of the opinion that (as one of our greatest presidents once said) This is a "New nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men were created equal" No one person is any better than the other. But perhaps its the region itself many hate. Well I think that for such a small county and town. Harlan has done itself very proud in the quest for notoriety. Here are a few examples off of the top of my head.
rawtruth

Harlan, KY

#2 Dec 15, 2009
1) Harlan despite its small size has a United States of America warship named after it. The USS Harlan County

2) Theodore Roosevelt once visited Harlan

3) Henry Ford once had a house in Harlan County

4) Harlan was once the home of a fairly famous athlete Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones. He was a member of I think two national championship teams at U.K Is a member of the two thousand point club at U.K. Was a member of the U.S gold medal team. Is still the ONLY athlete to become an all American in multiple sports

5) The Harlan Boys Choir received rave reviews from around the country for their performance at George Bush's inauguration.(I read one national review that compared them to the "Vienna Boys Choir" That's amazing)

6) Harlan has been mentioned in several BIG movies. One of the earliest being Thunder Road

7) One of our own Miss Charlotte Nolan has been in several professional theatrical productions. In cities such as New York, Paris, Brussels...etc And received a plaque in the Barter Theatres Walk Of Fame" And has also published a book.

8) Harlan has had quite a few medal of Honor winners especially for its size

9) Nick Lachey was born here

10) Harlan is most likely the smallest county resident wise that has ever been the sole subject of an OSCAR winning documentary.

11) I knew a man who was a Harlan High graduate that became a member of the mayor of New Orleans staff.

12)We now have a former resident and Harlan native who is gaining national attention as a singer/songwriter. Eldon Huff

And thats just a few examples off of the top of my head. No telling how many Harlan natives I could that have achieved national and maybe even world recognition for thier achievements if I took time to research it. So I think were doing pretty good for a town with only 3,200 citizens located in a county with only about 6,000 residents
rawtruth

Harlan, KY

#3 Dec 15, 2009
And by the way. a lot of these are people who were born here, raised here, and educated here. And as I meant to say above. It's no telling how many more fascinating facts about Harlan and its residents I could find out, if I researched it.
rawtruth

Harlan, KY

#4 Dec 15, 2009
If (as one claimed) we are an embarrassment to the rest of the nation. Wonder why a president visited, a famous auto maker had a home here, and a U.S Navy warship bore the name USS Harlan County with pride? HMMMMMM Embarrassment? Sounds like honor to me!!
rawtruth

Harlan, KY

#5 Dec 15, 2009
Oh yeah and dont forget that a Harlan High School Boys Choir was chosen out of thousands around the nation to sing at George Bush's inauguration!

“~Tutto E Possibile~ ”

Since: Sep 09

Harlan, KY

#6 Dec 15, 2009
Here's a couple more Harlan Natives to back you up Raw.
Wah Wah Jones -- NBA player
James E. Keller -- former Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court
Nick Lachey -- Singer/Boy bander
Cawood Ledford -- University of Kentucky basketball & football announcer
George Ella Lyon -- award-winning Kentucky author

Those came from Wikipedia. Took me about 3 sec's to find that info.

“~Tutto E Possibile~ ”

Since: Sep 09

Harlan, KY

#7 Dec 15, 2009
Oops, you already had Wah Wah and Mr. Jessica Simpson! Sorry Raw! I'm trying to cook, do homework and mess around on here at the same time. Better stick to the cooking and homework! Later tater!
in-my-opinion

Pineville, KY

#8 Dec 15, 2009
Henry Ford didn't only have a home here, he owned and operated coal mines in Wallins Creek, KY to supply coal for his auto plant.
in-my-opinion

Pineville, KY

#9 Dec 15, 2009
Black Mountain, the highest peak in Kentucky, is the site where radar tracking equipment is located that supports air traffic control for the entire Eastern Seaboard.

They can't do without that, can they? Even Air Force One would depend on our technology.
in-my-opinion

Pineville, KY

#10 Dec 15, 2009
All the coal mines in Harlan County remit nearly $1,000,000.00 per month (one million) in coal severance taxes that the State sorta depends on.

Think we had to BORROW money to build HCHS? LOL Think again!

Harlan County Coal Producers pay in $12,000,000.00 in a year's time. In five years that's $60,000,000.00 -- School Paid for in coal CA$H and we deserve it.
just thinking

Winchester, KY

#11 Dec 15, 2009
Dale Hall, Loyall native, was head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife. Don Whitehead was a pulitzer prize winning author or writer. Harlan County was often first or second coal producing county in the world in the 40s thru 60s. Harlan is the second most mentioned city name in published songs behind New York.
dale

Harlan, KY

#12 Dec 16, 2009
just thinking wrote:
Dale Hall, Loyall native, was head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife. Don Whitehead was a pulitzer prize winning author or writer. Harlan County was often first or second coal producing county in the world in the 40s thru 60s. Harlan is the second most mentioned city name in published songs behind New York.
I knew there were a ton of songs that mentioned Harlan. Dont forget Bernie Bickerstaff from Benham who was a NBA coach. Also, I dont recall the man's name but a Loyall graduate was the pilot for Air Force 1 for many years.
John

United States

#13 Dec 16, 2009
rawtruth wrote:
1) Harlan despite its small size has a United States of America warship named after it. The USS Harlan County
2) Theodore Roosevelt once visited Harlan
3) Henry Ford once had a house in Harlan County
4) Harlan was once the home of a fairly famous athlete Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones. He was a member of I think two national championship teams at U.K Is a member of the two thousand point club at U.K. Was a member of the U.S gold medal team. Is still the ONLY athlete to become an all American in multiple sports
5) The Harlan Boys Choir received rave reviews from around the country for their performance at George Bush's inauguration.(I read one national review that compared them to the "Vienna Boys Choir" That's amazing)
6) Harlan has been mentioned in several BIG movies. One of the earliest being Thunder Road
7) One of our own Miss Charlotte Nolan has been in several professional theatrical productions. In cities such as New York, Paris, Brussels...etc And received a plaque in the Barter Theatres Walk Of Fame" And has also published a book.
8) Harlan has had quite a few medal of Honor winners especially for its size
9) Nick Lachey was born here
10) Harlan is most likely the smallest county resident wise that has ever been the sole subject of an OSCAR winning documentary.
11) I knew a man who was a Harlan High graduate that became a member of the mayor of New Orleans staff.
12)We now have a former resident and Harlan native who is gaining national attention as a singer/songwriter. Eldon Huff
And thats just a few examples off of the top of my head. No telling how many Harlan natives I could that have achieved national and maybe even world recognition for thier achievements if I took time to research it. So I think were doing pretty good for a town with only 3,200 citizens located in a county with only about 6,000 residents
We also have a veteran that graduated from Cawood that was awarded Veteran of the year for 2009, VFW Commander of the year for 2008 and 2009. man of the year for Georgia in 2008. And has done over 100,000.00 in charity work for disabled Veterans in 2008-2009. We have a lot of good people that have lived and, or still live in Harlan County. This particular man lived in pathfork before joining the Army and spending 20 years defending our country.
I know this man personnaly, we both live in Alabama now, I am still in the Army and stationed at ft Benning Ga. This guy is a legend in the state of Alabama in regards to assisting other people
and for his volunteer work with schools in the state. I am from East Pineville.
rawtruth

Harlan, KY

#14 Dec 16, 2009
CORRECTION: It was Franklin Roosevelt who visited Harlan. Don't know why I said Teddy Roosevelt.
And there was also a Harlan native that was a member of the Harlem Globetrotters.

Looks to me like we have a lot to be proud of here in Harlan. Wouldn't you agree.
hollerrat

London, KY

#15 Dec 16, 2009
you left out the most famous harlan countian. THE HOLLERRAT..........HAHAHAHAHA JUST KIDDIN
hollerrat

London, KY

#16 Dec 16, 2009
the globe trotter was paul gaffney from lynch graduated from cumberland
hollerrat

London, KY

#17 Dec 16, 2009
bernie bickerstaff was from benham
hollerrat

London, KY

#18 Dec 16, 2009
mxine cheshire..........REBECCA CAUDILL
sees2

Baxter, KY

#19 Dec 16, 2009
OH you all posted well. I am proud of you guys. and GLAD to say PROUD OF HARLAN CO.
you let something happen in Harlan and see how everyone tries to pull together.. I love my Ole Ky home..
Mee

East Bernstadt, KY

#20 Dec 16, 2009
Thanks for starting this Rawtruth.. bet you don't hear that a whole lot, huh? But I didn't know most of these facts about Harlan and now I'm glad I do!!!

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