Welcome back ladies and gents. You all catch that last episode of The Bachelorette? No? Me neither, guess it was only you Flener. Anywho, time to hop on 65 North and catch the Mountain Parkway east as we head to our next stop … Magoffin County!
Sitting in the heart of eastern Kentucky, Magoffin County and her 309 square miles were founded in 1860. Interestingly, just .01 of those miles is covered by water as the Licking River gives a nudge while heading north. It was named after Kentucky’s 21st governor, Beriah Magoffin who was in office during the early part of the Civil War. Apparently, this kept him from learning how to properly tie a tie.
Magoffin County’s largest city is Salyersville, with a population of just over 1,800. Salyersville has one of the cooler events I’ve come upon thus far, their Founders Day Celebration. Each year, this year from August 27th-31st, there’s a large festival downtown honoring the history of Eastern Kentucky. There are pageants, pet shows, a parade and specialty acts all weekend long. If someone can confirm there’s a funnel cake booth, I’ll start packing my bags. Other great Salyersville events include the Street Dance (a public square dance) and a 4th of July extravaganza.
Moving on, a few famous Magoffin County residents include country singer Rebecca Lynn Howard, WYMT Weatherman Jim Caldwell, and our main man in the weather biz here in Lexington, Chris Bailey. Oh, and this guy named Larry Flynt. Yes, that Larry Flynt, publisher of Hustler Magazine and all around ‘interesting’ guy. Ok, I’ll give you one picture to check out.
You deserved that. Anyways, one of the more important Magoffin residents to us here in the Bluegrass is a man named Abraham Lincoln Collinsworth, or ‘Abe’ as he was called by Coach Rupp. After a strong high school career, Abe went on to the University of Kentucky and as a part of Coach Rupp’s ‘Fiddling Five’, helped win the 1958 National Championship. And if that last name looks familiar, it should. Abe’s son is three time NFL Pro Bowler and Emmy Award winning mic man, Cris Collinsworth. Abe passed away a few years ago but you can be sure his name will live on in Kentucky sports lore forever.
So there you have it, another county down. Grab your room at the Budget Inn, have a good night and rest up. Our next trip is a big one as we visit my stomping grounds, home of my Fighting Camels, Campbell County!