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Portal 31 - Kentucky's First Exhibition Coal Mine

     Portal 31 Underground Mine Tour will offer visitors the unique experience of touring an actual coal mine by rail car.  Visitors will adorn the traditional protective gear of the coal miner as they enjoy exhibits along the tour.  The site also features a 1920s lamp house, bathhouse, L&N train depot and loadout system.

Kentucky Coal Education 

     In an effort to educate the public, the contents of this site are directed to students, teachers, employees of the coal industry, and the general public to expand their knowledge of coal and the coal industry.  The Coal Education Web Site is a dynamic, growing portrait of one of America's most essential industries.  Its purpose is to present factual, useful information about coal in a fun and productive way.

Official Kingdom Come Scenic Parkway Web Site

     One of the most historic and ruggedly beautiful areas in Central Appalachia, The Cumberland Mountains of Kentucky.  The major US highway through the area is US 119, designated as the Kingdom Come Scenic Parkway.

     The core portion of the Parkway follows US 119 from Harlan to Whitesburg in Southeastern Kentucky (Get Map Movie). Beneath the shadows of Pine Mountain, this historic Parkway was named the Rhododendron Trail in 1939, for the profusion of Mountain Laurel and Rhododendron that bloom on high craggy exposures above the Parkway.

     Beginning in 1911 large manufacturers, from the US north, developed mining operations at the base of Black Mountain, extracting high-grade coal from thick bituminous seams. The towns of Benham and Lynch were the heart of this mining operation and are today the most well preserved coal mining communities in Kentucky. (Visit: Benham and Lynch).

Southeast Community College

     We're happy to be able to share with you information about our institution. Founded in 1960 as the Southeast Center of the University of Kentucky, SECC, now a proud member of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, has evolved into one of the state's outstanding community colleges. With campuses in Cumberland, Middlesboro and Whitesburg, the College is well positioned to offer programs and services to Harlan, Bell and Letcher counties, our primary service area.

     Our educational program is built around two primary components: (1) a transfer, or pre-baccalaureate, program, and (2) a technical, or associate of applied science, program. Some 50 percent of our students are enrolled in the transfer programs and will earn associate of arts or science degrees before transferring to 4-year institutions around the country. Almost 35 percent of our students are in applied science degree programs that prepare them for immediate employment. We have strong programs, either available or planned, in several areas. These include nursing, physical therapy assisting, clinical laboratory technology, radiography, respiratory care, business management, management information systems, banking, hospitality management, golf course management, office systems, civil engineering technology, network and information systems, and mining technology, computer repair technology, law enforcement, and arts and crafts -- pottery.

HarlanCounty.com  The official site of Harlan, KY

     Harlan county, Kentucky is named after Silas Harlan.  It is located in the southeastern portion of the state on the border of Virginia.  We are located in the Eastern Kentucky coal fields stretching along the Appalachian Mountains and the Cumberland Plateau.   Harlan has several mountain systems.  Black Mountain runs along the Kentucky -Virginia border.  Big Black Mountain is the highest point in the state of Kentucky at 4,145 feet above sea level, near Lynch.  Another system in Harlan is Pine Mountain which runs toward Cumberland.  Stone Mountain is another mountain that isn't talked about much but has very beautiful  views many times of the year.  This mountain is located on the Harlan-Bell-Virginia borders.  Another one of natures heavenly sites is Blanton Forest.  This is by far the largest old-growth forest in Kentucky and one of the oldest in the United States. It covers 2,350 acres of Pine Mountain's south slope.


Key Ingredients

     This is the online educational companion to the Smithsonian Institution's traveling exhibition Key Ingredients: America by Food. Explore the two ingredients that are key to American cuisine regional traditions and international influences.

Benham, Kentucky

     The Little Town that international Harvester Built!  Online information of the town and surrounding communities.


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