14) Big Stone Gap
Big Stone Gap was previously called Mineral City and Three Forks. The hope was the town’s mineral and coal deposits would make it well know and prosperous. Unfortunately, this was not the case. However, Big Stone Gap is still a beautiful place to call home. The name Big Stone Gap finally stuck and is in reference to the valley created on the Appalachia Straight and between Big Stone Gap and Appalachia. Little Stone Mountain can be seen from the town’s center traffic light. Big Stone Gap is another city with deep and abundant history. Big Stone Gap has several museums including the June Tolliver House, the Henry Meador Coal Museum and the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park in downtown. Big Stone Gap also boasts a federal court house and Wallens Ridge State Prison. The small town has one Elementary School one Middle School and one High School.
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