The state of Virginia acquired the Natural Tunnel and 100 surrounding acres in Scott County in 1967. In 1971 an additional 850 adjoining acreage was acquired and the Natural Tunnel State Park was opened.
Called the Eighth Wonder of the World by 4-time presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan, Natural Tunnel has attracted thousands of visitors to the area for over a century. Natural Tunnel was thousands of years in the making as groundwater dissolved limestone and other material. Stock Creek took the path of least resistance, through the cave on its way to the Clinch River, after the tunnel was formed. Continue reading Circuit riding preachers were challenged and determined→
It was no secret that Bad Talt Hall was making a list of men “he wanted dealt with after his demise.” The famous author, John Fox Jr., was told he was on the list and asked Hall’s priest to suggest that he would be more honorable to include in his confession that he didn’t want any further criminal action done on his behalf.
The Man o’ War Celebration, presented by Windstream, continues at the Kentucky Horse Park with a special movie night on June 24 from 6-10 p.m. Sponsored by the Keeneland Kids Club, the event will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the famous racehorse and is part of a season-long series of Man o’ War-themed events hosted by the Kentucky Horse Park. Continue reading Kentucky Horse Park to Host Man o’ War Movie Night→
When Doc M. B. Taylor was returned to Wise, Virginia, to stand trial for the Ira Mullins murders he was put in a cell adjoining that of his old nemesis, Talton Hall. Hall had exhausted all of his appeals and was awaiting the hangman’s noose.
The Fox feared Talt Hall and offered to shake hands to heal old wounds. Hall responded by cursing and striking at him with his manacles.
May 14 of 1892 was a court day in Gladeville, Virginia, and U. S. Marshal M. B. Taylor was noticeably absent from his duties at the murder trial of his archrival Talt Hall. Gladeville was the name of Wise before it was changed in 1924.
The famed author John Fox Jr. wrote that Dr. “Doc” M. B Taylor stood by Bad Talt Hall’s side ‘with a huge pistol in each hand and a peculiar smile on his face’ when they met the infuriated crowd at the Norton Depot upon their arrival from Memphis.
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Doc M.B. Taylor was still a U.S. Marshal in good standing when he took a train from Norton, Virginia to Memphis to take charge of Bad Talt Hall and return him to the mountains for incarceration in the Wise County Jail.
Doc Taylor was a knowledgeable and complex man to say the least. In the years after the Civil War he was a house doctor calling on the sick and injured where they lived. He also preached at churches and small meeting houses in the mountain area of southeast Kentucky and the Continue reading Bad Talt held for trial in Wise→