Jenkins is a northeast Letcher county town located on Elkhorn Creek below the Pound Gap of Pine Mountain. The town was built in 1911 by the Consolidation Coal Co. and named for George C. Jenkins, a director of the company. Jenkins was incorporated in 1912. In 1940 Jenkins and the coal camp towns of Dunham and Burdine along the Elkhorn Creek valley merged into the single town of Jenkins. The Jenkins post office opened in 1911. The population in 2010 was 2,203.