A coal tipple and mine at Jones Fork in Knott County was once a busy site but sees little activity now.
A coal tipple and mine at Jones Fork in Knott County was once a busy site but sees little activity now. Herald-Leader
A coal tipple and mine at Jones Fork in Knott County was once a busy site but sees little activity now. Herald-Leader

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50 Years of Night

In 1963, Harry Caudill of Whitesburg published “Night Comes to the Cumberlands: A Biography of a Depressed Area,” which shone a spotlight on the plundering of the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. The book forever changed Appalachia. On the eve of the book’s 50th anniversary, the Lexington Herald-Leader launched a yearlong look at the region’s struggles since Night was published.