October 17, 2011 12:00 AM

Letcher County working to honor native son who was a giant

Martin Van Buren Bates was 7 feet, 11 inches tall and weighed more than 500 pounds by some accounts. Now, 92 years after his death, his Letcher County birthplace wants to honor him in a way that befits his stature in county history and his nickname, the Kentucky River Giant.

Related content

Suggested for you



Editor's Choice Videos