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Middlesboro, Kentucky
Bell County

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View of North 20th St., showing public school and post office on the left. ca 1924

This city is 1 mile W of the Cumberland Gap and 8 miles S of Pineville.   At or near the site of a pioneer Yellow Creek settlement made around 1810 by John Turner of Virginia, Alexander Alan Arthur, a Canadian resource developer, bought up thousands of acres of Yellow Creek bottom land, attracted investment capital from a number of English businessmen, and by 1889 began to build his city.  One of the finest, healthiest and most picturesque of southeastern Kentucky cities in Bell County.  Coal put it on the map decades ago.






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