snow in harlan county

Another of the things people often ask me about Harlan County is why people can’t / don’t go anywhere when it snows. After all, mountain communities are more prepared for bad weather, right? This is a misconception I had, too, until I moved to Loyall. Growing up, I never could figure out why Harlan County schools were the first to call off when the first snowflake fell. The problem is, the county just doesn’t have the money or the supplies to clear the roads. And with all the hollows and back roads and tracks that cover the county, there’s no way they could clear them all out, anyway.

So, with that, I bring you these pictures from Lisa Doepel Ross, whose family owns J&R Printing in Loyall. She took these after that big snow fell over Christmas last week:

loyall kentucky looking south
loyall kentucky looking south
loyall kentucky looking north
loyall kentucky looking north
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Author: Mari Adkins

Appalachian gothic fiction writer - my works reflect a love of literature flavored by the darkness and magic residing in these ancient mountains. In my spare time, I'm a Simmer, I tumbl, I journal, but I always have a very strange sense of humor. I have lived away from the mountains and lived deep in the mountains. I currently live in Central Kentucky with my lifepartner and his cat. The mountains, their culture, their superstitions, their particular magics, will always be in my blood.