Outlaws, crimes, characters, and tales of the macabre comprise a good portion of Appalachian history. This spectrum of information also remains some of the least reported and least respected history we have. From fascinating mysteries to serial slayings, famous (and infamous) structures, ghosts, creatures, and disappearances, our complex history truly provides something for everyone.
The Appalachian Mountains are historic, but they’ve also made valuable contributions to life in America. Since Colonial times, these regions provided timber and coal, as well as a wealth of other resources, including mineral and agricultural. Unfortunately, yellow journalism and sensationalism continue false perceptions and biases against Appalachian people.
In reality, our region is much the same as any other. The Appalachians witnessed feuds, whereas New York City witnessed gang warfare and organized crime. Our outlaws were complex characters, just as those found in the Wild West. People fought for and died for their land here, just as was done in the West and Midwest during settlement. Our moonshiners battled, just as organized crime bosses waged turf wars during Prohibition.
From the latter portion of the Nineteenth Century onward, journalists and like-minded individuals nationwide have manipulated, embellished, and even fabricated tales of Appalachian life. A practice that continues today.
The information featured here focuses on the Central and Southern Appalachian regions, particularly the Tri-Cities region.