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The Appalachian Regional Commission wasn’t officially created until 1965, but the idea for a multi state attack on poverty in the eastern mountains began much earlier. In 1960, Kentucky Gov. Bert Combs criss crossed Eastern Kentucky to talk about regional development. Here is Combs at a meeting in the region in 1960, with John Whisman (standing) and Rep. Carl D. Perkins, who has his hand on his right cheek.

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