It has been my experience that in so many cases when the coal is gone, it seems that the pride of the people go with it. The houses are run down, the surroundings with junk cars and litter. I was amazed Sunday (July 30) when my son and I were out for a ride across Pine Mountain. He asked if I had ever been across Black Mountain? I told him yes, but it had been about 40 years.
On our way from Cumberland to Appalachia, I noted some nice, well-kept homes in Benham, but when we went through Lynch, I was so pleasantly pleased to see how well the homes are kept - neat lawns, with flowers, houses with paint and no dilapidation. I think the people of Lynch are to be commended on their community pride. I was so glad to see some place in eastern Kentucky that looked so nice.