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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Huntsville Turntable & Blue Boxcar

Huntsville Turntable & Blue Boxcar

Located at the Huntsville Depot Museum is this vintage railroad turntable. Just to the right is the depot's roundhouse which has been converted to an event venue. Also shown here is a blue boxcar.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Fisk Memorial Chapel

Fisk Memorial Chapel

According to the historic marker:
Fisk Memorial Chapel, designed by New York architect William Bigelow, was erected in 1892 in memory of General Clinton B. Fisk, a founder of the University. The religious and cultural center of the campus, the Chapel has welcomed foreign dignitaries, outstanding concert artists, and renowned lecturers, such as Booker T. Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Fisk Memorial Chapel

The Chapel is the home performance site for the famous Fisk Jubilee Singers. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Fisk University Historic District.

To learn more, here is the history section on their website:

Fisk Memorial Chapel

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Mary Kate Patterson Home - LaVergne, TN

Mary Kate Patterson Home - LaVergne, TN

West of the Old Nashville turnpike stands the home of Mary Kate Patterson, a Confederate spy. She assisted Capt. Henry B. Shaw's Coleman's Scouts, a Confederate cavalry unit and spy network that served the Army of Tennessee, from 1862 to 1865. She befriended Federals and obtained passes to Nashville, where she secured supplies and messages to smuggle to the Scouts in her buggy's false bottom. Her brother, Everard Patterson, also served in the Scouts. Her family sheltered and fed Confederate soldiers, signaling them by an arrangement of louvers and lanterns in the windows when it was safe to come in for medical help and hot meals. She was among the last to see neighbor and fellow spy Sam Davis before he was captured and killed in November 1863. She lived at this house until her death in 1931.

For her full story, check this story from the Murfreesboro Post:

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Opryland's Country Christmas Snowman Musician

Opryland's Country Christmas Snowman Musician

Opryland Hotel doesn't have just any snowman for their Country Christmas celebration. Their snowmen have tree limbs for arms. Plus this one can play the banjo and the harmonica!

Monday, October 17, 2016

In the news: 2016 Nashville Nine released

Every year, Historic Nashville Inc releases their list of Nashville's Endangered historic places.

Check out the list here.

Included on the 2016 list is Fort Negley:

Gates to Ft. Negley

Also on the 2016 list are Crescent Amusement Company bowling alleys:

Madison Bowling neon sign

Madison Bowling sign at Night

Donelson Bowl

Friday, September 30, 2016

Gray's Neon Sign - Franklin, TN

Gray's Neon Sign - Franklin, TN

Gray Drug Co. was a longtime drugstore located along Main St. (US31) in Franklin. Frank Gray Jr. had the sign installed in 1952 at a cost of $860.

In 1998, the Pharmacy closed, and a new tenant operated here as Gray's Cards and Gifts. Up until then, GRAY was in the blue space below Rx and DRUGS was the vertical portion. That store closed six years later and the building remained vacant for nearly a decade.

In August of 2013, a new establishment took on the Gray's name as Gray's on Main restaurant opened up in the 1876 building. For the opening, the sign was restored and it now works again!

Gray's Neon Sign - Franklin, TN

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Southern #630 Ready to Depart - Railfest 2013

Southern #630 Ready to Depart - Railfest 2013

Railfest is the annual celebration at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum in Chattanooga, TN. This year as part of the celebration, they offered Southern Railway 2-8-0 #630 as an excursion round trip to Cleveland, TN. .

This locomotive was built in 1904 by the American Locomotive Company Richmond Works. It was restored to operation at TVRM in 2011 and is now part of Norfolk Southern's 21st Century Steam program.

You can see quite a thorough collection of photos of #630, the Missionary Ridge Local with Southern FP7 #6133, and other rolling stock on the grounds. This gallery is on my website here:

Also, I took video and put it on youtube:
Just the steam train departure seen here: youtu.be/QVBCATNnTQI
That, and more footage of the steam train: youtu.be/85iljPK1TfY
All the steam footage, plus the Missionary Ridge local: youtu.be/AhCCpvO41iM

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A. Schwab's Dry Goods Store Neon Sign - Beale St.

A. Schwab's Neon Sign - Beale St.

A. Schwab dry goods store is the only remaining original business on Beale Street in Memphis, TN. Their motto is "If you can't find it at A. Schwab, you're probably better off without it!"

Established in 1876 by Abraham Joseph Schwab, a Jewish immigrant from France, the store is a local tourist attraction with two floors of shopping and, between the first and second floors, a small balcony which houses the Beale Street Museum, a collection of Beale Street memorabilia along with several items and records of the Schwab family, which ran the store until 2011. It began as a men’s haberdashery, transitioned to a dry goods store, and later evolved into a seller of quirky merchandise. Products include various hoodoo items, assorted dry goods, and tourist memorabilia. A. Schwab's was also the retailer of the largest overalls in the world which sold two pair a year. The overalls were so large they hung from the ceiling.

A. Schwab's Dry Goods Store - Beale St.

A. Schwab, the oldest store in the Mid-South, is housed in the oldest remaining building on Beale Street. The store was founded at another location on Beale Street and moved to 163 Beale Street in 1911 and expanded into 165 in 1922. Both of these buildings were constructed before 1890. Prior to the expansion, 165 Beale housed a Piggly Wiggly. The building is part of the Beale Street Historic District which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.

The neon sign has a badge that it was made by Artkraft of Lima, Ohio. A second label mentions the H.A. Balton Sign Co. of Memphis.

Would you like to see more photos from Beale street? Check out the Beale Street gallery

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Humboldt, TN Confederate Statue

Humboldt, TN Confederate Statue

This statue is located in Bailey Park on the east side of town and faces 22nd Ave (US79/70A). The monument which honors CSA soldiers from Gibson County was built by the local chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy. It was carved by J.J. Snyder of Eclipse Marble Works in 1914. The statue was originally located along Main St. but later moved here.

Here is the Smithsonian writeup of the statue:
Figure of a Confederate soldier standing at parade rest. He wears a uniform consisting of a hip-length coat, trousers, boots, and a brimmed hat. The bearded figure holds the barrel of a rifle with both hands. The butt of the rifle rests in front of his proper right foot. His proper left foot is slightly forward and bent at the knee. The tiered granite base includes four columns around a central block of granite.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Jackson, TN City Hall (New)

Jackson, TN City Hall (New)

Built in 1996, the new City Hall with its notable concave window-capped entrance is located across the street from the Madison County Courthouse. The prior occupant of this block was Jackson's multi-story First National Bank building which was imploded in August, 1995.