Local photographer helps publish book highlighting abandoned locations in Kentucky: Three Kentucky photographers have published a book of photographs showing abandoned locations throughout the Commonwealth. The Abandoned Kentucky publication comprises photos and text from local Adam Paris along with Sherman Cahal and Michael Maes.
Ghost towns along the New River in West Virginia are aplenty but what makes these three unique is that they lay within the New River Gorge National River. Prior to the creation of the national park in the late 1970s, much of the land was used for the production of coal and coke. Small, company-owned towns were developed for the miners and their families, and when those mines closed out—so did the communities.