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Hitchins in Carter County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Eastern Kentucky Railway

Hitchins

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, October 18, 2019
1. Eastern Kentucky Railway Marker
Inscription.  Here the EK had a junction with the Elizabethtown, Lexington & Big Sandy Railway that connected with the Ashland Coal and Iron Railway in Denton. January 1882 both would become part of Chesapeake & Ohio Railway. The EK and C&O shared a depot here. In December 1932, the EK ceased operations.
 
Erected 2007 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. Presented by EK Railroad Society, C&O Historical Society & in memory of Gary Mills. (Marker Number 2246.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1882.
 
Location. 38° 16.895′ N, 82° 55.324′ W. Marker is in Hitchins, Kentucky, in Carter County. Marker is on Route 773, 0.1 miles west of Hitchens Rd (Kentucky Route 1), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hitchins KY 41146, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mount Savage Furnace (approx. 3.3 miles away); A Masterful Retreat
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By J. J. Prats, October 18, 2019
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(approx. 3.6 miles away); a different marker also named A Masterful Retreat (approx. 3.6 miles away); a different marker also named Eastern Kentucky Railway (approx. 3.8 miles away); County Named, 1838 (approx. 3.9 miles away); William Jason Fields (approx. 3.9 miles away); Civil War Reunion (approx. 4.2 miles away); a different marker also named Eastern Kentucky Railway (approx. 5.2 miles away).
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. It is all of the Eastern Kentucky Railway Historical Markers
 
Also see . . .  East Kentucky Southern Railway. While the Eastern Kentucky Railway proper ceased operations in 1926, this portion of the line, between Grayson and Webbville, continued under a new name. Excerpt:
In 1928 the United States was on a collision course with the Great Depression and it was in that same year that the citizens of Grayson, Vincent, Hitchins, Reedville, Butler, Willard, Bellstrace, and Webbville purchased the Grayson-Webbville segment from the owners of the Eastern Kentucky Railway. The name of their new company was the “East Kentucky Southern Railway Company.” ...

The tracks had not been maintained for a decade or so between Grayson and
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Webbville. It was much too dangerous to run a heavy locomotive. To answer this problem, the men of the Grayson shops came up with a solution, a gasoline powered car fitted for track use. ...

The new company made a determined effort to win the approval of the public and to make a profit. A new automobile powered vehicle, No. 215, popularly called “Queen” was introduced to the segment. Queen looked very much like a school bus on tracks.
(Submitted on February 12, 2020.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 12, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 71 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 12, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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