Cranks Creek KY then and now series part one.

Cranks Creek is a small community that has never been incorporated why means no mayor so on and so forth. Cranks Creek in its hay day was a bustling little community with a grade school one store which doubled as a post office and one little restaurant. The boundary of Cranks creek is from the top of Crummies mountain to the Virginia line.

The majority of jobs in Cranks Creek were coal mining jobs there was some farming and very few tobacco field. Most of the mines in Cranks were what we call dog hole mines they were own by locals and employed fifteen miners or less the bigger mine companies did not move in till the late 80s and 90s. These dog hole mines paid low wages with no health insurance or pensions.

One of he pioneers to mining in Cranks Creek was Elihu Bailey in the 1950s he moved to the head of what is now called Cranks Creek hollow and lived in a tent. Elihu would go on to run a number of mines for local owners. Local folk lore was told that Elihu moved so much his chickens knew when he was going to move so they laid down and stuck their feet in the air so they could be tied and moved easily.

Back in the early days of Cranks Creek it was shut off from the outside towns and rail ways so the men of Cranks Creek got together and hand built a wagon road from what is now called troublesome to rose hill Virginia which connected to the rail head in Virginia . To this day the road exist and at the top of the mountain a hand chiseled tunnel remain through the cliff rock.

This is part one of a series On Cranks Creek history then and now.

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