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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.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The hand of man reaching up for the hand of God

The hand of man reaching up for the hand of God

Located at the entrance of Brentwood United Methodist Church

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Tennessee Central Caboose #9828 at Night

Tennessee Central Caboose #9828

Seen at the Depot Museum at night in the Cream City Historical District in Cookeville, TN

Friday, September 23, 2016

Overton County Courthouse - Livingston, TN

Overton County Courthouse (2013) - Livingston, TN

This was my third visit to Livingston, and the same thing has happened all three times: On a day the weather radar said would be mostly sunny, I get here to find solid cloud cover. At least on this day, the sun peaked through to shine upon the building but about two minutes after taking this photo a downpour came from the sky and I had to run back to my car. On my previous visit here, as I was driving away I ended up passing a kidney stone while I was in my car and since that didn't happen on this visit, I'd say things were better.

There have been some changes to the grounds since my previous visits. A fountain has been added to one side between my 2008 and 2011 visit. In 2011, there was some red, white and blue bunting added to the windows, which made things more colorful, but they are now gone. There is a positive for people wanting to see the building and that is some large trees were removed making this angle a lot easier to view.

This courthouse is one of the oldest ones in the state, which might not be a surprise, with its big box-like brick appearance. This courthouse was built in 1868-69. It was built on the same foundation as the previous courthouse which dates back to 1855 but was destroyed by a fire just over a decade later. The two story building has a gabled roof and pedimented detailing at each end. The courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Ketner's Mill on the Sequatchie River

Ketner's Mill

Orphan David Ketner moved to the Sequatchie Valley in 1824 and opened a grist mill in an area today known as Ketner's Cover at the base of Suck Creek Mountain. His son Alexander bought a new site along the Sequatchie River in 1868 and completed the brick grist mill seen here in 1882 where it remained in operation until 1955.

Ketner's Mill Dam

A couple of decades later, the Ketner family undertook a new beginning for the mill ushering in a new era. After undergoing a restoration, the mill was reopened in 1977 along with the first annual Ketner Mill Country Fair. That same year, the mill was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The mill continued to be operated year round until 1992 upon the death of mill operator Clyde Ketner, grandson of David Ketner.

The yearly Ketner's Mill Country Arts Fair is still going strong. held every fall, the 2016 event will be the 40th year. Still owned by the same family, now the 5th generation runs the mill, but only for a short period every year to make enough flour to sell at the yearly fair.

Ketner's Mill Dam