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Re: The Story of Wise County
Posted by: Pam Spalding Date: April 18, 2000 at 20:18:09
In Reply to: Re: The Story of Wise County by merle farkas of 1658

In April 1860 John Buchanan had 3000 acres of land in eastern Wise it had extensive seams of coal worth a large fortune.Not knowing what the land would be worth he sold it to Saunders Hill.Hill sold the area in small tracts to various individuals.Arch Skeens bought the tract that is known as the town of Tom's Creek.Skeens sold the land to Andy Kiser,Kiser divided it in half gave each of his sons Cummins and Wilkes half.Wilkes sold his half to Carter Coal and Coke Company for twenty-five and fifty cents per acre.They gradually acquired the original 3,000 acres. Tom's Creek was first called "Georgel" in honor of George L.Carter, a Pioneer capitalist and railroad builder of the section.It was later changed to Tom's Creek for its location upon Tom's Creek.


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