Kentucky Coal Heritage
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Van Lear, Kentucky
Johnson County

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Central Van Lear ca 1920

    This village and former coal town with post office extends for several miles along Miller Creek, a tributary of the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River, 1 1/2 miles se of Paintsville's present city limits.  In 1909 the Consolidation Coal Co. acquired John C. C. Mayo's large coal holdings here and established a town named for Van Lear Black, a member of their board of directors.  The town was disincorporated in 1963.






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