Letter to the Editor: Dry Bread Road

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Five generations of mine and my husband’s families have lived on Dry Bread Road. We want it to stay that way, but someone who doesn't even know where we are, nor none of our history and how it even got named that, has decided that we should be called Gingerbread Road because it will make it easier to find us.

What makes Gingerbread Road easier to find that Dry Bread road, especially since no one in the entire neighborhood is going to know what the heck they're talking about, should they need to ask questions or directions?!

The main road there is Dry Bread Road, and it turns left. If you go past the fork, anyone here will tell you that you are entering what we call Trimble Gap, named after a family that has lived there for generations, as well. There actually used to be a train stop there. Several of the neighborhood men worked on the railroad, as well, and that stop came named after the family.

According to my grandfather, long ago, in early settlement days, a group of people got lost in these hills, and spent days living on bread and water, (obviously not good hunters!) so it became known as Dry Bread. I can deal with the Dry Bread Spur part, because it does end, up in the holler, but we want to keep our original name.

Now, my question is this:

Who do we contact, and what do we do, to get the names left as those we use, and not totally changed, so that no one even knows where they live, let alone how to tell someone else how to get there?

Lou Jean Adams
Salyersville, KY