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Mary Helen, Kentucky
Mary Helen, Kentucky

Mary Helen is a Harlan county community on Turtle Creek about five miles southeast of Harlan. It was established and named by the Mary Helen Coal Company circa 1917. It is said to be named for the daughter of the owner of the company. It was the site of the Merna Station on the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. The origin of that name is not known. It was once a fairly large town with a population of 300 in 1930.

The Coalgood post office opened at Mary Helen in 1919 and closed in 2005.

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