The opening to left of pavement is the actual road that used to go to river where people "forded". The river was shallow enough that they would take horses, mules, oxen across here. When the auto came along, those forded the river as well. This was another way to get to Monticello. Instead of going to Burnside and crossing the river again and going the old Monticello/Burnside road. Up the hill on the blacktop as far as you can see, there's another road that went to a coal tipple. There were a few old mines located around the area and this is where they brought it to be processed. This was back when they mined with pick and shovel and loaded it on wagons pulled by mules and oxen. There was no railway here, it was hauled by teams of oxen on huge "gongs" out to be used and processed.