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Land of the Hatfields and McCoys

It was a fight over land -- and family honor. Revisit the places where the Hatfields and McCoys fought to the bloody end on both sides of the Tug River Valley, between West Virginia and Kentucky.

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Tug River Valley

The Tug River separated the Hatfields from the McCoys, as well as West Virginia from Kentucky. Hatfield (of West Virginia) built one of the most successful timber businesses in the valley. McCoy (of Kentucky) was not as lucky. Animosities grew in 1872 when Devil Anse Hatfield won 5,000 acres of land in court that had previously belonged to Randall McCoy’s cousin. McCoy was furious.

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