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Deep in the Heart of Somewhere
Anytime someone celebrates someplace, it should interest everyone
Number 1:

Odds, Kentucky
and Van Lear County

Editor’s Introduction to the series*

Photo courtesy of the Van Lear County Historical Society
Consolidated Coal Mine #1 where Loretta Lynn’s father once worked
Offices of the Coal Company now house the Van Lear County Historical Society as well as the coal miner’s museum.
*We came to know Odds, Kentucky from a recent letter from Danny Belvins, a Van Lear County historian and President of the Van Lear County Historical Society. In his letter he mentioned a connection to Odds, Texas and how former Kentuckians that settled that town would make the arduous trip home to attend reunions.
When we found that Mr. Blevins had authored the Arcadia title on Van Lear County in their Images of America series, it gave us the opportunity to take action on a long-simmering project that we had placed on the back burner years ago – namely calling attention to the Arcadia project – an understated and unadvertised undertaking that is nothing short of organizing the collective “family album” of small town America (or at least those who want to be included).

We are happy to make Odds the first in what is to be a long-running feature which we hope will introduce our readers to the cooperative efforts of local historians / authors and the people at Arcadia Publishing that make these titles available to us all.

"Deep in the Heart of Somewhere" - March 14, 2011

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