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Hyden in Leslie County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Redbud Capital of the World

Bluegrass Music, Natural Beauty, Heritage

 
 
Redbud Capital of the World Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 24, 2015
1. Redbud Capital of the World Marker
Inscription. Mountainous, rugged, isolated, beautiful - all of these words have been used to describe Leslie County. Named for Preston H. Leslie, Governor of Kentucky (1871-75), it was formed in 1878. Its county seat, Hyden, founded in 1882, was named for state Sen. John Hyden, one of those responsible for establishing the county.

For years, its rugged terrain isolated Leslie County. Travel by land was so difficult that supplies were brought up the Middle Fork of the Kentucky River by canoe and small boats. Not until the 1880s did a passable road connect Leslie County with the rest of Kentucky.

Leslie County is located in the Eastern Coal Field region. Contained by Daniel Boone National Forest, it is rich in hardwoods. These abundant natural resources form the basis for Leslie County industry, including lumber mills and coal and lignite mines. Buckhorn Lake and the Middle Fork of the Kentucky River are the major water sources but streams are numerous. The two principal creeks, Cut-Shin and Hell-Fer-Sartin, supposedly received their colorful names from a disillusioned pioneer who tried to cross the swollen creeks after heavy rains. Among the towns, and villages in the county are Confluence, Cutshin, Sizerock, Smilax, Stinnett, Thousandsticks, Wooten, and Wendover.

Leslie County is known worldwide as the home of the
Leslie County and Surrounding Area image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 24, 2015
2. Leslie County and Surrounding Area
Close-up of map on marker
Frontier Nursing Service, founded by Mary Breckinridge in 1925. Her home, Wendover, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It is now a popular bed and breakfast. Leslie County is also rich in Bluegrass and traditional music. Grand Ole Opry stars Bobby and Sonny Osborne, of the Osborne Brothers, were born in Hyden.
 
Location. 37° 9.746′ N, 83° 22.438′ W. Marker is in Hyden, Kentucky, in Leslie County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Main Street (State Highway 80) and Dryhill Road (State Highway 257), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located near the front entrance of the Leslie County Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Hyden KY 41749, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Finley Mine Disaster Memorial (here, next to this marker); Leslie County Veterans Memorial (here, next to this marker); Sgt. Willie Sandlin (here, next to this marker); Leslie County (a few steps from this marker); Mothers and Babies (a few steps from this marker); Mary Breckinridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hurricane Creek Miner Memorial (approx. 2.7 miles away); Hurricane Creek Mine Disaster (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hyden.
 
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Elk, Mary Breckinridge, and the Osborne Brothers image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 24, 2015
3. Elk, Mary Breckinridge, and the Osborne Brothers
Close-up of images on marker
Redbud Capital of the World Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 24, 2015
4. Redbud Capital of the World Marker
View towards intersection of Main St and Dryhill Rd
Markers and Memorials<br>Near Entrance of Leslie County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 24, 2015
5. Markers and Memorials
Near Entrance of Leslie County Courthouse
Markers and Memorials<br>Near Entrance of Leslie County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 24, 2015
6. Markers and Memorials
Near Entrance of Leslie County Courthouse
Leslie County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 24, 2015
7. Leslie County Courthouse
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 15, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 187 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 15, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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