Near Nolan WV in Martin County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Political Subdivisions. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
Location. 37° 45.827′ N, 82° 19.212′ W. Marker is near Nolan WV, Kentucky, in Martin County. Marker is on Huntley-Brinkley Road (Kentucky Route 292) 2.8 miles north of North Big Creek Road (Kentucky Route 468), on the left. Touch for mapTouch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. West Virginia (Mingo County) / Kentucky (approx. 6.6 miles away in West Virginia); Lewis' Expedition (approx. 6.7 miles away in West Virginia); Moses Stepp (approx. 6.9 miles away); Warfield / A Warfield Skirmish (approx. 7.7 miles away); Baby’s Grave Site (approx. 10.7 miles away); a different marker also named Baby’s Grave Site (approx. 10.7 miles away); Sally McCoy / Grave of Sally McCoy (approx. 10.8 miles away); Site of Randolph McCoy House (approx. 12½ miles away).
Regarding Huntleyville. An article in the January 3, 1982 Louisville Courier-Journal (archived behind a paywall, writer not credited) reports that back before 1965 there was no road through here. Headlined “Kentucky town is thankful for legacy to newsman who drove story home,” it tells of the people living here who, to get to the nearest road, walked miles along a muddy “dog path” or rowed a boat on the dangerous Tug Fork river. One baby drowned, her mother rowing to get her to the doctor when their boat capsized. A promised road had been built by the state as far as the town of Lovely, but years later the last 4.7 miles were still unbuilt.
That year NBC News sent a film crew to see “what the ruckus was all about” and, with cameramen wading through mud the residents had braved for years, they filmed the conditions along this roadless stretch of river. When the story aired nationally on NBC’s Huntley-Brinkley Report things began to happen. Letters of support came in from all over the world and other reporters made their way to this forgotten corner of eastern Kentucky to report on the progress. The road was finished that year.
The road became known as the Huntley-Brinkley Road and in 1974, when Chet Huntley died of lung cancer, these residents raised $687 to cast and erect this historical marker to memorialize the publicity that in 1965 aided them in completing a badly-needed road, dubbing their community Huntleyville.
Also see . . . Wikipedia entry for The Huntley-Brinkley Report. Excerpt:
The Huntley–Brinkley Report was an American evening news program that aired on the National Broadcasting Company’s network of television stations from October 29, 1956, to July 31, 1970. It was anchored by Chet Huntley in New York City, and David Brinkley in Washington, D.C. ... The program ran for 15 minutes at its inception but expanded to 30 minutes on September 9, 1963, exactly a week after the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite did so. ...NBC Nightly News is still on the air today, broadcast every evening, seven days a week. After Chet Huntley and David Brinkey, the hosts were John Chancellor and David Brinkley through 1982, Tom Brokaw through 2004, Brian Williams through 2015, and now Lester Holt. (Submitted on March 2, 2020.)
By 1965, the program brought in more advertising revenue than any other on television. On November 15 of that year, The Huntley-Brinkley Report became the first weekday network evening news program broadcast in color. ...
Upon Huntley’s retirement in 1970, the network renamed the program the NBC Nightly News. Huntley died in 1974. Brinkley worked as co-anchor or commentator on Nightly News until 1981.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 2, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 135 times since then. It was the Marker of the Week March 8, 2020. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 2, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 3. submitted on March 3, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.