HARLAN, Ky. (WTVQ) – Harlan County is receiving a $2.55 million grant to restore and enhance the Portal 31 Exhibition Mine and create a scenic overlook and parking area on Black Mountain.
The money is coming from the Abandoned Mine Lands Pilot Grant. The project is expected to provide 20 new jobs and increase tourism, according to officials.
Some of the proposed projects include a 40-foot high observation tower at the highest natural point in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
The Lynch Bathhouse and the administrative building next to Portal 31 will be renovated. There will be space for a planned dulcimer factory, a coffee roasting company and a bigger mushroom growing operation.
In addition to the tourism grant, the Tucker-Guthrie Memorial Airport in Baxter will receive a separate $900,000 grant for water and sewer lines.