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Monday, November 12, 2007

Grasping At Straws

I don't know who's more foolish - the people who shelled out the money for this or those who truly believe that someone - that elusive tourist - is going to want to take a vacation down ... a Coal Heritage Trail. I guess when you get desperate though ...
New signs leading tourists along Coal Heritage Trail
By Charles Owens, Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Tazewell, Va. — Signs directing tourists toward a new scenic byway that meanders through the coalfield communities of Southwest Virginia are now being installed.

Virginia’s Coal Heritage Trail was designated earlier this year by the General Assembly as an official Virginia Byway. It begins near Bramwell in West Virginia where the existing Coal Heritage Trail extends and meanders another 300 miles through the coalfields of Southwest Virginia. Local officials are now working to achieve a national designation for the Coal Heritage Trail. (link)
And if that national designation doesn't lure the first tourist to the area, we'll seek U.N. recognition.

For the love of God. A coal heritage trail.