The French Leave

T.R. Kyle was a merchandiser in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. Kyle had a literal clearance of his wares in March 1901. Locals were stunned to see his products at half their usual price, but it wasn’t a sale in every sense of the word. Kyle owed Bristol creditors about $5,000. His mass liquidation brought him around $3,000, which he pocketed.

Kyle had a dream to pursue, and that dream was to travel to Honduras. No one understood his desire, but he was last heard from in Chicago. Whether or not he reached Honduras remains a mystery.


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The Tri-Cities region encompasses three main cities, in two states, as well as numerous towns and villages. It has a combined population of around 500,000. This region is located among the central and southern Appalachian Mountains. It extends from Saltville, Virginia, through Unicoi County, Tennessee.
Bizarre Tri-Cities is filled with folklore, true crime, oddities, discoveries, ghost stories, and historic events that have been forgotten by mainstream history books. It covers such topics as the Buchanan County Butcher, Bristol’s Axe Murderer, the Marble Hall Fiend, strange mines, vanishing plagues, disappearing Civil War battalions, the truth behind the Rotherwood legends, strange lights in the sky, and historic structures we have lost in time. History has never been more fascinating… or more bizarre.
The first edition of Bizarre TriCities was released in 2001 as a hardcopy of the articles contained in Because the book drew such interest, it has been redone, expanded, reformatted, and redesigned to be a far more detailed volume.
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