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Hippy bus!





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I picked these up back in Pinnacle... got that whole VW thing going on!

 


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Hippy bus!





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Be careful Bert, all that rolling around laughing you could hurt you new knee!

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  If you're going to stay in Matewan, by all means stay at The Historic Matewan House!! No need to look any further. Heck, I'd go back just for the breakfast!
  We were all so tired we couldn't stand up straight and were warned to maybe wear earplugs as the train passed behind the cabins many times during the night. No ear plugs needed. I heard nuttin. Awoke the next morning  fresh and ready to go. Gawd what a breakfast!!!!
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I keep looking at those coal mine pics and reflect back to my grandpa. He was a coal shooter in and around the Harlan Co. mines not but a few miles wesyt over the state line in Ky. He died from Black Lung at 54 years old. He looked like he was 80.

It was very interesting to see the Ashland Company Store. I worked for Ashland  for 28 years in the construction division. I knew of the coal company division but did not realize it was in those areas.

I took my mom back up there back in 2002. I brought back a couple of sacks of coal and our son and his teen friends did not know what coal really was. They were amazed at watching a rock burn in a campfire.

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HM6N2: Part 10

Matewan. (pronounced mate-wan)

Here's a little history...


The Battle of Matewan

by Lon Savage

Railroad Alley - 1920A young John L. Lewis had just taken office as President of the United Mine Workers of America when, in January of 1920, he announced the campaign in Bluefield, West Virginia: The UMWA would organize coal miners in the southern Appalachians. Lewis knew coal operators would resist to the bitter end, but that didn't matter. The miners wanted to organize; the UMWA had to have their memberships; even coal operators from the midwest favored the drive which might reduce the competitive edge the Southern Appalachian coal mines enjoyed with non-union mines.

Miners along the Tug Fork were ready; many had long wanted to join the miners union. Miners at Burnwell, three miles from Matewan, sent a delegation to the UMWA offices in Charleston, and they returned with a charter of a union local. The drive had begun. It quickly grew.

The coal operators resisted as strongly as expected; when a miner joined the union, he was immediately fired from his job. If he lived in a company-owned home -- as most did -- he was told to move out. If he didn't move out, gun-bearing Baldwin-Felts "detectives" evicted him and his family, setting his furniture out on the road. Despite that kind of opposition, miners by the hundreds along the Tug Fork joined the union. By May 15, 1920, three thousand Tug Fork miners had joined.

Smilin'Nowhere was union activity greater that spring than in Matewan. There, the police chief, Sid Hatfield, a former miner, and Mayor C. Testerman openly cooperated with the drive and protected the miners as they held organizing meetings in the town.

Despite efforts by Hatfield to keep the Baldwin-Felts detectives away from Matewan, they came anyway. On May 19, 1920, thirteen detectives, including Baldwin-Felts president Thomas Felts, younger brothers Albert and Lee, arrived in Matewan to evict miners and their families from their homes in the Stone Mountain Mine camp.

Lick Creek CampNothing angered miners more than "thugs" forcing women and little children from their homes at gunpoint. Word of the evictions spread like wildfire. Angry miners from Matewan and the surrounding area grabbed guns and rushed to the town as the detectives evicted six more families in dismal rainy weather. Hatfield led a group of miners to the Stone Mountain camp and tried to stop the evictions, but the Felts brothers refused his plea. When the detectives returned to Matewan that afternoon, having finished their jobs, Hatfield, surrounded by armed miners, tried to arrest Al Felts for conducting the evictions without proper Matewan authority. As he and Mayor Testerman glared at Al Felts and the other detectives outside the railroad depot, someone fired a shot, and the battle was on.

It lasted about a minute, but hundreds of shots were fired. Al Felts and Testerman fell in the first volley. When it was over, seven detectives, including both Al and Lee Felts, Mayor Testerman, and two miners were dead or dying.Sid's Funeral at Buskirk, KY

The battle made Sid Hatfield a folk hero for miners throughout the nation. Fifteen months later, the Baldwin-Felts detectives retaliated by killing Hatfield on the McDowell County courthouse steps at Welch, in a murder so brutal that it touched off an armed rebellion of 10,000 West Virginia coal miners in the largest insurrection this country has had since the Civil War.

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(I'd post some pics but the photo server's down, have to wait until I get home from work!)

Stay tuned for more...



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This 6p to 6a shift is beating my butt! I'll get more on this report tomorrow.... gotta go back to work already!

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Wimp..... Bet ya could do 12 hours on a bike.

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Thanks Swampy, for all the hard work you put into this ride, it was a blast and I for one, really enjoyed it!

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This 6p to 6a shift is beating my butt! I'll get more on this report tomorrow.... gotta go back to work already!


Only working a half day?


I know for a fact that a good ride report is not an easy project.     Thanks for taking the time and effort.

 

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HM6N2: Part 11

The Matewan Tour: Doc's Garage

The day starts with a train going by...

A stumble outside....

A good morning to everyone...

Then a quick shower....

And off to breakfast....




They take good care of you at the Matewan House! bacon eggs, sausage, kielbasa, pork chops, fresh fruits, biscuits, HOMEMADE biscuit gravy (Stubb knows gravy!), taters, juices etc etc etc... we 4 boys left food on the table....if that tells ya something...


About this breakfast table.... this is where the idea for the Hatfield-McCoy trails was hatched. We were at the birthplace of the system!

Through the conversation at breakfast I had no idea Manimal was riding most of the day on one foot peg! Seems he broke his left peg off somewhere back in Pinnacle earlier in the day yesterday and rode all day, and RockHouse with one footpeg!

...and he was asking Doc about where he could find a place to weld it back on... or someplace he might be able to borrow a welder...

"Got one in the shop" says Doc...

"Thunk" as Mike's chin hits the floor!

So Manimal runs out and wheels his bike out of the locked storage area....

Hey Look! Another train!



Manimal livin' in high cotton!



So we talk with Doc, square up on the rooms, and wait.... let me show you boys something....



A restored Jaeger motor!


Oh yes it runs. He'll be using it to power an icecream churn at local festivals!








We always seem to meet characters along the way... and find out interesting stories of life... dual sport touring is a fantastic way to ride!

Next up, let me take you around Matewan... you gotta see this!



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   ........and did you notice the color of Docs shirt?

 

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What...a broken foot peg on a KLR? I've never heard of such a thing.



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And he could of had a spare set for only $6.95..(+  shippin)


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Tiffani and I stayed at The Matewan House. Sharon and Pat are the best! We will definitely go back.
Did you happen to catch the live musical styling of Peewee while you were there?

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I never thought that day when I coined the phrase "Snap Off Footpegs" that there would be so much publicity and such a huge demand for this little known "upgrade". Tom and I should have got a patent....Damn it Man!!! 

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