Jenkins street 1925
Jenkins Kentucky 1925

The Unique History of Jenkins Kentucky1910-1925.
Located in Letcher County on the Virginian border along US 23. Lies a sleepy little coal camp town. At first glance, Jenkins Kentucky looks like any other coal camp town.

Yet, because of its history, topography, and geology. Jenkins is a very unique place, for quite a few reasons. But, the most unique thing about Jenkins Kentucky. Is that in January 1910, it did not exist.

First Buildings in Jenkins 1912
First Buildings in Jenkins 1912
Construction 1911
Jenkins early Construction 1911 Photo Appalachian Learning Labratory Alice Lloyd College

But within 15 years it would be transformed. What began as an isolated valley with a few log houses. Was soon to become a modern city of 10,000 people.

This amazing story begins 133 years ago…

With a “Tent City” in John Wright’s Cow pasture.

Construction Camp 9-1910
Construction camp, Elkhorn Creek Sept 1910

The History of Jenkins Kentucky