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Perry County, Kentucky
Vicco, Kentucky was named for Virginia Iron Coal and Coke Co., or VICCO, and was a twin city to Vicco, Virginia, near Coeburn, VA, southwest Virginia. Nearby communities, part of the Vicco community, include Anco, Kodak, perhaps linked to Kodak, TN, Sassafras and numerous creeks. The streams supply some of the headwaters of the Kentucky River.
Some have suggested renaming Vicco as Cherokee Springs, in light of the need to rebuild the coal community from faded glory days of the coal boom era of honky tonks, shoot-outs, shopping, mining, a high school, and high times. The once substantial population has plunged, but new roads, the nearby Carr Fork Lake, easy communications, and a desire to move ahead, may help rebuild the downtown strip, shopping and entertainment.
Blue Hole, linked to Old Cherokee Nation, and numerous springs in the community and nearby, in the mountains of southeast Kentucky, brings the old names "Cherokee Springs," and "Cold Springs," among others, to mind in a community south of Happy, KY, between Hazard and Whitesburg, KY, HWY 15 South in Perry County, near the Knott County line.
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