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A look at the history of the Appalachian region, one story at a time.

Stories-A History of Appalachia Steve Gilly, Rod Mullins

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A look at the history of the Appalachian region, one story at a time.

    Cassius Marcellus Clay

    Cassius Marcellus Clay

    Prior to the Civil War the Clay family of Kentucky was one of the nation's most prominent political families, the most well-known of which was congressman, senator, speaker of the House and Secretary of State Henry Clay.  Today we tell not his story, but the story of another Clay, abolitionist Cassius Marcellus Clay, who also was the namesake of another well-known Kentucky native, the boxer who dropped that name for the name Mohammed Ali.
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    • 11 min
    George Washington's Lost Colony

    George Washington's Lost Colony

    After the French and Indian War the governor of Virginia awarded veterans land in the western part of the state in payment for their service to king and colony.  Among those vets receiving land was George Washington, who decided to set up a colony of settlers in what's now West Virginia.  Today we tell the story of that attempt to set up an early Appalachian settlement.
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    • 14 min
    Bouncing Bertha's Appalachian Ghost

    Bouncing Bertha's Appalachian Ghost

    In 1938 a family had an encounter with an Appalachian ghost when young Bertha Sybert's bed began to shake mysteriously every night. Soon people were coming from all over the country to witness the spirit, or demon or witch or whatever it was that was moving Bertha's bed around.
    Today we tell the story of Bouncing Bertha's ghost.
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    • 15 min
    Kidnapped!

    Kidnapped!

    In 1949 a gang robbed the Bank of Follansbee, near Weirton, West Virginia, of $5,400.00 and made their escape. Later that night two policemen pulled over a car they suspected belonged to those robbers.
    Things did not go as they planned, and we tell that story this week.
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    • 8 min
    The Marshall University Plane Crash

    The Marshall University Plane Crash

    November 14, 1970, is a date burned into the memories of the residents of Huntington, West Virginia.  That's the day Marshall University lost its football team in a terrible plane crash, and that's the story we tell today.
    Thank you for listening and for sharing our stories of Appalachian history with your friends.

    • 11 min
    Fire In The Hole!

    Fire In The Hole!

    New Straitsville, Ohio, was founded as a coal town in the Hocking Valley after the Civil War. Labor unrest happened in the 1880's, leading to the Great Hocking Valley coal strike. During that strike something unthinkable happened, and is still happening today.
    On this episode of the podcast we tell that story.
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