McCoy memorial in the works

PIKEVILLE — An Eastern Kentucky county is raising money to honor the patriarch of one half of the famous Hatfield-McCoy feud.

Pike County Tourism Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director Tony Tackett said fund-raising efforts brought in more than $5,000 toward a memorial for Randolph McCoy, the patriarch of the McCoy family.

Tackett told The Appalachian News-Express that the project started in June, and the bureau hopes to have the monument purchased and installed within a year. The estimated cost of the project is $80,000 to $125,000.

Tackett said donations have increased since the showing of the Hatfields & McCoys miniseries on History channel. The donations have come from locals, visitors and members of the Hatfield and McCoy families.

"We've had several people donate in small clusters," Tackett said. "We've had people email and call and ask how they can help with the sponsorships.

"We've had locals, we've had community, we've had people as far away as Hawaii to donate small amounts. We've had people from Vegas; we've had people from California and Florida."

The feud ran from 1863 through 1891 and pitted families in Kentucky and West Virginia against each other. The feud is now marked by a celebration featuring descendants of the two families.

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