2008-07-07 [Cia_mar]: ah... ok well i have not visited too many of them lately... suppose i should see mine and see what is up there too
look forward to seeing more
2008-07-07 [Lothuriel]: thanks!!
2008-07-11 [Daisy le Fleur]: So jealous! I'd kill to get a location like this to shoot! =)
2009-11-11 Rusty Carter: That has to be the most painful set of pictures I have ever viewed. The stupidity of destruction is sickening.
2009-11-11 [Lothuriel]: Um, I think I might agree with you...that is if you mean it is sickening to see Wheelwright go to waste? Are you from that area?
2010-05-02 Gwendolyn Pennington: My mother, Donna Jane Clifton, was born and raised in Wheelright. Her father, Joffrey Wade Clifton and maternal grandfather, Harry Benner were coal miners in Wheelright in the 1930's and 1940's. After my mother lost her father, she and my maternal grandmother, Shirley Mae [Benner] Clifton, moved to Balto. MD., to obain work. My mother resided in Baltimore until her death in 2005. She always wanted to return to her beloved home of Wheelright KY. and to her, it was her heaven. I'm curious to visit Wheelright on day, to experience the beauty that she spoke of. Is there any way that I could find out where her house was? Of course, she is no longer with us, to ask these questions to. Thank you for this website and the photos.
2010-05-13 [Lothuriel]: That is a wonderful story. :) Thanks for stopping by. If you would like to email me at pamtackett@gma
2010-09-19 Joyce A.W.C: 2010-09-19---Joyce A. W. C.
Pam, thanks for sharing these awesome pictures. I grew up with the folks of Wheelwright. I did not live in town but went to school (elementary/high school)there. My dad was a coal miner and oh, what a beautiful town and group of people we had living in the area. The Inland Steel Corporation did a great job when they laid out that lovely little piece of Heaven. It was so clean, every house white-washed to perfection, and there was nothing the town did not have (golf course/swimming pool/pool hall/bowling alley/company store, dept store, dental office/police & jail house/doctor's office/dry cleaners/churches to choose from....a perfect role model town for that time period. Me, I was a country girl--lived on a small farm about 6/7 miles out, did not live in town but lived between Buckingham & Bevinsville (where Osborn Elementary School is today). I rode the bus to Wheelwright each day for school. I went to the elementary school that sat on the hill in town by the place where the miner's went into work and the bath house---then later to the High School where I was very active and had so much fun! Today, when I return to the area to visit, it is hard for me to go to town. I want to but it hurts so bad to see the ruins of something that was so beautiful and had so much life. When Inland Steel Corp moved out, it left the folks devastated--a lot moved away quickly for work but some stayed behind where their hearts will always be. I don't visit there anymore but I can shut my eyes any day of the week and see this little piece of Heaven! These memories will live in my heart forever! For the lady who had the grandmother, Shirley Mae (Benner) Clifton---Oh how I wish she could have got back home just one time before she passed away, but just know that your grandmother experienced a little piece of Heaven here on earth prior to her going home to Heaven. I'm glad she remembers it the way it was back then and not today! I sincerely hope you can go to Wheelwright someday to visit but please know at one time this was the most beautiful little town in America. When you look at these ruins, please know out of all this came some beautiful, happy smiles/faces, that went on to do well in life and they will forever be grateful for their little piece of Heaven called "Wheelwright" where it all started! This little town produced some awesome folks...This was a "Happy Town" and it was people helping people always. The best folks in the world lived here! Thanks Pam once again for sharing these photos that are so real to my heart! These pictures hurt because of the ruins, etc. but nothing can take away the pictures I have stored in my heart. They are "REAL" forever! Life goes on but we never forget where we come from and the little town and the wonderful, loving, people who got us on our path to where we are today! I'm so thankful to them all---the town, the people, Inland Steel Corp., the Elementary and High Schools. I had so many wonderful teachers who will live in my heart forever and the friends I made are like my brothers/sisters forever! Yes, the town is pretty much a near-ghost town but it has so much beauty which will live forever in our hearts and the history---well, I could go on and on! On any given day--you can close your eyes, and be still for a moment, and you can hear the laughter, and giggles of these happy people who will live in our hearts forever!
KY folks are real, no fake, no phony. If we love you, we love you forever and 'LOVE IS THE FOUNDATION." Thanks again for sharing! Note: I knew some Pennington's who lived in "Upper Burton"...just below Wheelwright Junction. I think their house is still there today! Let's hope someday, our little piece of Heaven gets a face-lift and life returns as it once was. If not, we can say "It Lived" and it made a difference in so many folks lives. Thanks Pam, for sharing your awesome pictures! I graduated in 1960!! Was in the band, majorette for 4 years and had a super, active fun time at Wheelwright H.S. These folks will live in my heart forever!
2010-09-19 [Lothuriel]: Thank you so much Joyce! Wheelwright will forever hold a special place in my heart. You may know my family; Carol Sue, Sharon and Nancy Hall; Ronnie Hall and Michael Hall? My grandparents were Eva Mae and Sid Hall.
2013-06-04 [maiani]: I wish there were updated comments on this thread. Gwendolyn Pennington, if you see this, you and I are half cousins. My mother was born in Wheelright, and was older half sister to your mother. We have the same grandfather. I would love to speak with you. :)