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Kentucky Color: Country Store Historical Markers and Data Bank
By Billy Joe Fudge
Phillip Coffey, thanks for that most wonderful story concerning the Keltner Community Store and its connection to the Civil War Battle of Shiloh (Keltnertown Stump Negotiations). After beginning my forestry career in 72, I spent quite a bit of time visiting with Ural and others at the store. During the 70's we Rangers were required to make fire prevention and timber management contacts during the winter and summer and country stores were the best places for multiple, productive contacts.
Country stores of the 50s, 60s and 70s were rural contemporaries of the more urban, filling stations. Both were precursors of our modern day gas station/food marts and Dollar General Stores. However, country stores were much more than a gas station and a general store; they were the cultural nerve centers of local, rural communities. They, much like Facebook, were places to garner information, both useful and useless; places to disseminate information, both useful and useless; places to both hone one's storytelling skills and steal, I mean borrow, stories to be retold in locations far removed from the mine from whence they had been dug up.
All of us of a certain age group cherish our memories of our community's country stores. At the same time we all lament their loss and the damage their loss has brought to our local communities. I think before it is too late and even the memories of country stores and their important, critical role in the development of our great nation and its communities are lost, we here in Adair County, the geographic center of the Great Wooded South, should:
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