Isom is a small community in Letcher Co. made up of 40 or more small businesses and lots of fine folks. It was named for Isom Sergent, a postmaster that lived in the community. It is located between Whitesburg and Hazard.
Isom was very well known in the 50's and early 60's for the ever-popular Stock Sale. It was the central hub on weekends for buying, trading or selling livestock, produce, and many other goods. Families out for a Sunday drive would usually go by the Stock Sale. There was something there for everyone.
Today, there are still many attractions that interest the young and old. If you like dirt track racing, you can visit the Mountain Motor Speedway, located about a mile off of highway 15. Also, Breedings Go-Cart track attracts a large crowd on the weekends in the summer. The racing is competitive and the atmosphere is family oriented. As you pass through, stop by one of the many good restaurants in the area and have a bite to eat. You won't be disappointed.
The first weekend of September each year, Isom hosts the Isom Day's Festival. It is a four-day event that all Letcher countians and surrounding counties look forward to. This is a great place to find handmade crafts and different varieties of food along with the world famous Rodeo. Whitaker Bank is proud to be a sponsor of this event. A large portion of the money that is raised at this festival goes back into the community.
Isom continues to grow and is looking forward to a new airport that is coming to the area soon.