Transcriber’s notes: I am including the text as printed in various editions of the Appalachian Quarterly. The articles contain a wealth of information about the history of primarily Lee County but have many references to the surrounding areas. They cover most every aspect of history; people, routes, important dates, commercial entities and industries.

 I believe the articles were originally first written circa 1950, as there is a reference to that year and all data is prior to that year. Even though the articles are some 50 years old, it provides a wonderful history of the area. All references to "Niggerhead Rock" are of the name of the rock formation as it was called in the time period of the articles' writing. The formation is known as Old Stoneface Rock today.

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(Wayne Duncan, December 12, 2000)

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