Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Trent Hylton, April 12, 2015

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:01 - Family background and Russell Fork River memories

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Partial Transcript: Okay, this is with the University of Kentucky. We're speaking with Trent Hylton at the Raging Rapid Art Gallery.

Segment Synopsis: Trent Hylton describes his family connection to Elkhorn City and the building he grew up in. The river is a part of how he describes himself.

Keywords: Adventure stores; Art gallery; Community; Continental Bike Trail; Elkhorn City College; Elkhorn City Heritage Council; Family businesses; Hunter S. Thomson; Pine Mountain; Ratliff Hole; Russell Fork River; Tim Belcher

Subjects: Elkhorn City (Ky.); Families.

00:05:39 - The coal industry, Russell Fork River, and community change

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Partial Transcript: Does your ha--does your family have any connection like the coal industry?

Segment Synopsis: Hylton explains his family's connection to coal, and discusses how he views the Russell Fork River in connection to the coal industry.

Keywords: 1977 flood; Coal industry; Consumerism; Elkhorn Creek; Environmental destruction; Environmental issues; Mountaintop removal; Pollution; Stereotypes; The Breaks Mountain Park; The Walking Bridge

Subjects: Coal mines and mining--Environmental aspects; Coal mines and mining--Kentucky--Elkhorn City; Elkhorn City (Ky.); Environmental protection--Kentucky; Families.; Family histories.; Family--history; Flood damage; Floods--Kentucky; Pikeville (Ky.)

00:11:25 - Adventure tourism and community changes in Elkhorn City, Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: So, um, with all the changes, you know, we've talked about and, you know, the fall of industries and stuff like that, in, in what ways do you really see that the, the river's being used by the community like nowadays?

Segment Synopsis: Hylton says that youth involvement with the river in Elkhorn City is changing. Adventure tourism is drawing people into the community and this is creating greater attention within the community to the assets Elkhorn City and the Russell Fork River have to offer.

Keywords: "River Rats"; Activism; Adventure tourism; Amy Brashears; Community interest; Lexington (Ky.); Ratliff's Hole; Red River Gorge; Russell Fork River; Young people; Youth

Subjects: Community development.; Economic development.; Elkhorn City (Ky.); Outdoor recreation.; River tourism.

00:16:29 - Traditions on the Russell Fork River and using art to change community

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Partial Transcript: So, um, do the River Rats have any like traditions that you all follow?

Segment Synopsis: Traditions are explained as a way of connecting to the river and aiding in changes in the Elkhorn City community. Music and art play an important role in representing the community.

Keywords: "Keep Elkhorn Weird"; "River Rats"; Abdala Faye; Art; Blood Roots Barter; Counterculture; J.D. Hall; Lord of the Fork Race; Memorial Day Float; Music; Pine Mountain; Ray Harm; Super Moon Music Festival; Traditions; Voice; Whitesburg (Ky.); Yo Ho Buffalo

Subjects: Communities.; Community development.; Elkhorn City (Ky.)

00:20:28 - The next generation in Elkhorn City, Kentucky and preservation of community

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Partial Transcript: You talking about voice and, um, well like ownership in a way and stuff, how do you, um--well what do you hope like the next generation of young people are gonna, gonna be able to do for Elkhorn?

Segment Synopsis: Hylton says the hopes for the future generation in Elkhorn City are based on preserving community traditions. There is a need to break away from technology and consumerism so that the youth can see what the community has to offer.

Keywords: Community preservation; Consumerism; Education; Elkhorn City Heritage Council; Technology; Traditions; Young people; Youth

Subjects: Communities.; Community development.; Elkhorn City (Ky.); Generations.