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Can the Hatfields and McCoys bring tourism to southern Appalachia?

CostnerArguably the most famous family feud in U.S. history was fought along the Tug River, which forms part of the border between Kentucky and West Virginia, where tourism officials are hoping to turn that feud into a tourist draw.

The feud was the rivalry between the Hatfield and McCoy families, which dated to the Civil War era and officially ended when the two families signed a truce in 2003.

 Interest in the Hatfields and McCoys has ratcheted up since the History network ran a mini-series on the rivalry in May. There were already bus tours of sites associated with the feud, but now those tours are filling almost as fast as they are scheduled, and tourism officials are looking for more ways to trade on the long-running rivalry. You can read the full story here.

Photo: Kevin Costner portrays Devil Anse Hatfield in the History network's miniseries "Hatfields & McCoys." Credit: Kevin Lynch/History