The recent History Channer mini-series, The Hatfields & McCoys, has sparked new interest in that long ago Kentucky-West Virginia feud. My intent here is not to tell that story, but to illustrate how some communities can capitalize on past events to fuel the history tourism business. The folks at the Pikeville/Pike County Kentucky Tourism Commision have done just that with the recent publication of the Hatfield-McCoy Feud Driving Tour. I think it is a brilliant idea, and may just bring a few dollars into an otherwise obscure part of Kentucky.
Link to the driving tourhttp://www.tourpikecounty.com/uploads/images/brochures/HMDrivingTour.pdf
A page from the Hatfield - McCoy Driving Tour
Kevin Costner plays William Anderson Hatfield, (or "Devil Anse" Hatfield as he was known then) in the mini-series. I think Costner is physically a much bigger man, but I suspect his personality could never stand up to that of the original Devil Anse.
You can read more about William Anderson Hatfield here:
|William "Devil Anse" Hatfield in 1910|
Glenn could describe every fight that occurred between the Hatfields and McCoys in detail down to what gun each participant was carrying at the time and what bullets holes were created in each person. He said the Hatfield men were generally small fellows and all preferred S&W revolvers because of the smaller grips. The McCoys were Colt men. I wonder if the film picked up on that difference.
Glenn gave me his sterling silver double star Combat Infantryman's Badge as a going away present. He earned if for participation in WWII, Korea and the Vietnam War. I still have Glen's CIB and will always remember the stories he told while sitting in my company orderly room.
|Double Star Combat Infantryman's Badge|
See an update to this blog entry at: http://erasgone.blogspot.com/2013/01/they-died-for-tourism-update.html