Lawrence J. Fleenor, Jr.
Big Stone Gap, VA
January 25, 2013
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“The Loop” is an imposing topographic feature to the southeast
of Elk Garden. It
is situated between Clinch Mountain to its south, and the
isolated conical mountain to its north, Beartown.
A narrow valley bisects imposing bluffs on Clinch and
Beartown Mountains, and some classically educated pioneer
thought that it looked like the entrance way into a medieval
castle. Often times
these entrances were constructed as traps to confine attacking
features were officially called ‘gate houses’, but were often
nicknamed “wolf traps”.
By using either the Latin name for wolf, “lupus”, or the
French term “loup” or “loupe”, these structures became known
simply as a “ Loop”.
A mountain in southern France, Sur de Loup, bears a
striking resemblance to the Loop.
Beartown Mt. (Big Rye Grass Mt.) in the Left Background – The
Loop (Little Rye Grass Mt.) in the Center Background – Clinch
Mt. in the Right Background – War Gap In the Right Center Behind
the Hill – “Downtown Elk Garden” to the Rear of the Camera
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