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Kentucky Then & Now

2012 September 24

EPA’s Documerica Returns exhibit wraps up its Atlanta tour this week:
Today and tomorrow – Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, 441 Freedom Parkway.
Wednesday and Thursday – Fulton County Library, One Margaret Mitchell Square.

Stay tuned for exhibit locations next month in Chicago!

Through 2013, enter your best shots of original Documerica scenes for a spot in the U.S. National Archives Exhibit, Washington D.C., March – September, 2013. Use our Location Challenges or search for images at the bottom of this post. Entries accepted through State of the Environment on Flickr. Please include the Documerica image(s) you match.

KENTUCKY Challenge

DOCUMERICA: Row of miners' homes in the Brookside Mine Company Town of Brookside Kentucky, near Middlesboro. The mine, owned by the Duke Power Company, was the scene of a protracted and sometimes violent strike between the mine and the United Mine Workers Union during 1974. The strike ended when a man was shot and killed on the picket line in Harlan County. The home of the Jerry Rainey family is in the foreground. They were threatened with eviction during the strike. June, 1974 by Jack Corn.

DOCUMERICA: Row of miners homes in the Brookside Mine Company Town of Brookside Kentucky, near Middlesboro. The mine, owned by the Duke Power Company, was the scene of a protracted and sometimes violent strike between the mine and the United Mine Workers Union during 1974. The strike ended when a man was shot and killed on the picket line in Harlan County. The home of the Jerry Rainey family is in the foreground. They were threatened with eviction during the strike. June, 1974 by Jack Corn

DOCUMERICA: Paddle wheel steamboats, docked at the new Louisville waterfront on the Ohio River, May 1972 by William Strode.

DOCUMERICA: Paddle wheel steamboats, docked at the new Louisville waterfront on the Ohio River, May 1972 by William Strode.

DOCUMERICA: Members of the Peabody Coal Company Team don their equipment in preparation for the Kentucky State Mine Safety Contest at Benham, Near Cumberland in Harlan County.  All of the larger mines have safety teams for each shift.  They practice to maintain a state of readiness in the event of a mine accident.  Different teams within the different mines compete against each other as a way to keep proficient. October, 1974 by Jack Corn.

DOCUMERICA: Members of the Peabody Coal Company Team don their equipment in preparation for the Kentucky State Mine Safety Contest at Benham, Near Cumberland in Harlan County. All of the larger mines have safety teams for each shift. They practice to maintain a state of readiness in the event of a mine accident. Different teams within the different mines compete against each other as a way to keep proficient. October, 1974 by Jack Corn.

DOCUMERICA: Bluegrass Parkway in eastern Kentucky near Ashland and the border with West Virginia. April, 1974 by Jack Corn.

DOCUMERICA: Bluegrass Parkway in eastern Kentucky near Ashland and the border with West Virginia. April, 1974 by Jack Corn.

DOCUMERICA: Police and national guardsmen helped maintain law and order. More than 26,000 people were asked to leave the area when a liquid chlorine barge threatened to spill its poisonous contents in the Ohio River. March, 1972 by William Strode.

DOCUMERICA: Police and national guardsmen helped maintain law and order. More than 26,000 people were asked to leave the area when a liquid chlorine barge threatened to spill its poisonous contents in the Ohio River. March, 1972 by William Strode.

Telling the story of change is up to you. Play photojournalist for a day. What’s new in town? Can’t match a photo? Then simply share any photos you are taking of the landscapes, the people, and the way of life for State of the Environment.

Browse additional challenges on this blog, or search the full Documerica collection to locate and match images closest to you. All ‘Then and Now’ entries will be considered for the larger Washington D.C. exhibit planned for March 8 – September 8, 2013.

When you follow that link above, you’ll come to a search page like this. Simply type in your town or state to see images of the past. Enjoy, have fun, and we can’t wait to see your contributions to this historic project!

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