Another of the things people often ask me about Harlan County is why people can’t / don’t go anywhere when it snows. After all, mountain communities are more prepared for bad weather, right? This is a misconception I had, too, until I moved to Loyall. Growing up, I never could figure out why Harlan County schools were the first to call off when the first snowflake fell. The problem is, the county just doesn’t have the money or the supplies to clear the roads. And with all the hollows and back roads and tracks that cover the county, there’s no way they could clear them all out, anyway.
So, with that, I bring you these pictures from Lisa Doepel Ross, whose family owns J&R Printing in Loyall. She took these after that big snow fell over Christmas last week: