Wayne Gaylord and his great-grandson Dylan Wayne Gaylord on Pine Mountain, Letcher County.  April 15, 2002.  2:30 p.m. EDT.  37° 05.01'N, 82° 48.01W.  The view is southwest.  

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     Wayne Gaylord, his wife and great-grandson pulled up in a van while I was at an overlook on Pine Mountain near Whitesburg.  He and I spoke about the beauty of the area, then I took a picture of the man and his great-grandson with the mountains in the background.  Mrs. Gaylord stayed in the van.
     Gaylord isn't from the mountains, strictly speaking.  He's from Clay City, in Powell County, about 100 miles northwest of this location in Letcher County.  Powell County is in the foothills of the Appalachians.
     The major mountains of Eastern Kentucky aren't individual peaks.  Instead, they are high ridges of 100 miles or more, running roughly southwest to northeast, with peaks all along the ridges.  Pine Mountain and neighboring Black Mountain are the two best-known mountains in Eastern Kentucky.  The highest peak of Pine Mountain is about 3,500 feet above sea level.  The highest peak of Black Mountain, which is also the highest point in Kentucky, is 4,145 feet. 
 
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     1)  View in the other direction.  US 119 running up the side of Pine Mountain.
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More location information:
     
US 119 between Whitesburg and Harlan.
     Letcher County is in the southeastern part of the state.  It borders Virginia on the east.
     The elevation at this location is about 2,600 feet above sea level. 
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Posted April 20, 2002.