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KSR County Spotlight: Magoffin Wonder About Visiting Magoffin County


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!

Map courtesy of Wikipedia

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.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

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.

Photo of Chris Bailey (@Kentuckyweather) because Larry Flynt is the kind of guy that would probably sue.

Photo of Chris Bailey (@Kentuckyweather) because Larry Flynt is the kind of guy that would probably sue.

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!

Article written by Corey James

19 Comments for KSR County Spotlight: Magoffin Wonder About Visiting Magoffin County

  1. Hustler
    7:21 pm June 13, 2014 Permalink

    That pic is of Chris Bailey not Jim Caldwell lol. Get ready for the backlash from all the conservative baptist. #HellfireAnd Brimstone

  2. Hustler
    7:26 pm June 13, 2014 Permalink

    Smh it helps to read an extra line. I see now that CB is from there as well. Didn’t realize that magoffin co. was a breeding ground for weathermen.

  3. Carter
    8:17 pm June 13, 2014 Permalink

    No Grayson Smith mentioned in this story? I would be ashamed to do a story on Magoffin County and not mention the last Kentucky Football player from this town. Let’s hear a big HOOOORAAAAAYYY for Grayson.

  4. arlo
    8:46 pm June 13, 2014 Permalink

    65 north to mtn parkway?

  5. colbert
    9:56 pm June 13, 2014 Permalink

    Larry Flint is from KY!!!!
    Gag a maggot.

  6. Corey needs geography lesson
    9:56 pm June 13, 2014 Permalink

    Tour stop is in Prestonsburg, which is in FLOYD county, idiot. It is nowhere near I65 north either.

    • Corey
      12:08 am June 14, 2014 Permalink

      Tour stop has nothing to do with the County Spotlight, but thanks for spending your Friday night checking!

  7. Cradle robber
    10:58 pm June 13, 2014 Permalink

    I wonder if this is a tribute to matts 19 year old girlfriend from magoffin?

  8. Chris Hansen
    11:05 pm June 13, 2014 Permalink

    The parkway does officially end in Salyersville but it’s nowhere near I-65 or I-75 either. As for the fine ladies of Magoffin County, they are branching out in a multitude of new, unique fields. Matt Jones knows what I’m sayin, lol.

  9. In The Know
    11:14 pm June 13, 2014 Permalink

    If Hollie is still Matt’s G/F, Why did a 35 yr old man take her to Las Vegas over the weekend?

  10. Chris Hansen
    11:20 pm June 13, 2014 Permalink

    Things just got weird.

  11. Bobbum man
    11:30 pm June 13, 2014 Permalink

    Wtf… KSR comment section drama

  12. Brandon Thomas
    12:40 am June 14, 2014 Permalink

    Jim Caldwell used to work for WYMT but he doesn’t anymore… he works for WKYT. C’mon man

  13. Brinda Simmons
    1:29 am June 14, 2014 Permalink

    This was very interesting But We Have a Lot More To Offer. Come on Up & Enjoy The Summer. We Have a Hiking Trail > Walking . Riding Horses or 4-wheeling & Camping & a Few Private Cabin for Rent;

  14. disappointed
    4:15 am June 14, 2014 Permalink

    I’m disappointed in the false picture link. The trust has been broken and will now be extremely hard to repair.

  15. Billy Hill
    6:56 am June 14, 2014 Permalink

    Jagoffin County. Not quite the butthole of Kentucky, that’s Clay County or Owsley County, but it’s in the area. May it’s the taint of Kentucky?

  16. UK_JB
    8:36 am June 14, 2014 Permalink

    Fakes (facts) optional lol. I’ll go with I-64 east for $200 Alex.

  17. Rebecca
    5:28 pm June 14, 2014 Permalink

    We no longer have a Budget Inn. It was destroyed in the tornado.

  18. FredTX
    11:41 am June 15, 2014 Permalink

    It was, and may still be the home of Scotty Patrick, distinguished alumni of MIT and former VP of Ashland Chemical. After a fine career in the chemical industry, I think he retired back to Salyersville.