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Pennington Gap in Lee County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Pennington Gap

 
 
Pennington Gap Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 17, 2015
1. Pennington Gap Marker
Inscription. Pennington Gap is a mountain pass named for an early settler. The town came into existence with the extension of the Louisville and Nashville railroad, 1890. It was incorporated in 1891. Standing on a short-cut highway to eastern Kentucky, it is a center for an extensive coal-mining region.
 
Erected 1941 by Virginia Conservation Commission. (Marker Number X-30.)
 
Location. 36° 45.508′ N, 83° 1.619′ W. Marker is in Pennington Gap, Virginia, in Lee County. Marker is at the intersection of Harrell Street and East Morgan Avenue (Alternate U.S. 58), on the left when traveling west on Harrell Street. Click for map. It is in a small triangle-shaped park at the Morgan Avenue railroad crossing. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 Harrell St, Pennington Gap VA 24277, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jonesville (approx. 7 miles away); Death of Boone's Son (approx. 7.4 miles away); Fanny Dickenson Scott Johnson (approx. 7.4 miles away); Doctor Stillís Birthplace (approx. 7.6 miles away); Jonesville Methodist Camp Ground
Pennington Gap Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 17, 2015
2. Pennington Gap Marker
The railroad tracks are just behind the photographer. In the foreground is a railroad mile marker.
(approx. 8.4 miles away); Scott County / Lee County (approx. 9 miles away); a different marker also named Doctor Stillís Birthplace (approx. 9.2 miles away); Thompson Settlement Church (approx. 13.3 miles away).
 
Regarding Pennington Gap. The highway short-cut to Kentucky is todayís U.S. 421.
 
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December 1925 L&N Timetable for the Cumberland Valley Division image. Click for full size.
From page 525, The Official Guide of the Railways of the United States, Canada, Mexico and Cuba, December 1925
3. December 1925 L&N Timetable for the Cumberland Valley Division
The Pennington Gap stop is shown as Pennington. This 118 mile rail line runs from Corbin Kentucky to Norton Virginia via Cumberland Gap. Trains 21 and 23 originated at Louisville, splitting into two at Corbin with some cars continuing on to Atlanta and others on this timetable to Norton. The return trains 22 and 24 met Louisville-bound cars from Atlanta at Corbin for the return trip. Timetables indicate that passengers had to change trains in Louisville to reach Cincinnati. Stops between Corbin and Louisville are shown on a different timetable. Pennington Gap was a breakfast stop for train No. 21, the overnight train from Louisville. The line continues in service today for coal and freight traffic.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 125 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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