“Bad” Frank Phillips is at it Again

A newspaper clipping from the Logan County Banner, marked Wednesday, September 11, 1895 was discovered recently. The story features more of feud personality “Bad” Frank Phillips’ escapades. We have transcribed the article to the best of our ability below. We appreciate Brandon Ray Kirk for discovering this interesting article.

Frank Phillips Again
This evening Frank Phillips and John Wright, Jr., who is staying with him, killed Barney Artrip. They had been on Knox drinking, and coming up to the mouth of the lane just below Daniel B. Coleman’s on the State line between Buchanan county, Va., and Pike County, Ky. Phillips and Wright commenced shooting at Artip. He was worse shot that I ever saw any man in my life; there were nine balls in his flesh; three bullets which had just lodged against the skin were taken out as he was prepared for burial. Phillips is shot through the thigh, but it is thought that he was shot by Wright or that he shot himself. Both of them shot Artrip as long as they could see him move. Artrip was very drunk, and it is thought that they got him drunk for the purpose, and killed him on the State line in order to baffle the law. Harve Coleman shot a man by the name of Blankenship, on Knox, through the arm. It is thought that jealousy was the cause of Blankenship being shot. PIKE.

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Pike County Feud Sites

  • Roseanna’s Baby’s Gravesite/Aunt Betty’s House:
    N 37 37.801 W 082 13.234
  • Randolph McCoy Home Place (Hardy, KY):
    N 37 36.188 W 082 12.925
  • “Preacher Anse” Hatfield Hog Trial Cabin: N 37 34.810 W 082 10.796
  • Hatfield Cemetery (Wash Stand):
    N 37 34.923 W 082 10.834
  • Asa Harmon McCoy Historic Marker:
    N 37 33.454 W 082 11.505
  • Hatfield McCoy Monument (Blackberry):
    N 37 33.433 W 082 11.804
  • Paw Paw Tree Incident: N 37 37.106 W 082 09.912
  • “Bad” Frank & Nancy McCoy Phillips Gravesite: N 37 29.540 W 082 09.249


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County, City Unveil Country Music Highway Sign

Pike County Judge Executive Wayne T. Rutherford joined Mayor Pro-tem Jimmy Carter and Pike County Tourism Director Tony Tackett to unveil a sign honoring Country Music Highway star Patty Loveless. The sign, part of the Trail of Fame, features a pictured of Loveless, who won the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album, “Mountain Soul II,” and a map of the Country Music Highway that extends from Ashland to Letcher County.

The highway recognizes all the well-known country music stars that came from this region, including Loretta Lynn, Wynonna & Naomi Judd, Billy Ray Cyrus, Tom T. Hall, Ricky Skaggs, Keith Whitley, Dwight Yoakam, Gary Stewart, Patty Loveless, Crystal Gayle, Molly O’Day, Hylo Brown and more.

Mayor Pro-tem Carter said, “The Country Music Highway brings tourism in to the area while honoring the rich Mountain tradition of music.”

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Judge Rutherford said, “In 1994, a bill sponsored by State Rep. Hubert Collins, who represented part of Pike County, was passed and US 23 Highway in eastern Kentucky became The Country Music Highway. This highway honors musicians from Eastern Kentucky and the music that has a long been a tradition in the hills and hollers of these mountains.”

Pike County Tourism Director Tony Tackett said, “The country Music Highway recognizes those that came before us. We found grants to make the signs and honor our music tradition.”

The US 23 Country Music Sign featuring Patty Loveless is located near the information gazebo at the base of the Pikeville Cut-Through/Bob Amos Park in Pikeville, KY.

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