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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Fisk University's Jubilee Hall - Nashville, TN

Fisk University's Jubilee Hall - Nashville, TN

Jubilee Hall on the campus of Fisk University in Nashville, TN, was the university's first permanent building, completed in 1876. Funds to build Jubilee Hall were raised by the Fisk Jubilee Singers in their first European singing tour in 1873.

Jubilee Hall was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1974.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Frostee Freeze Drive-In neon sign - Tazewell, TN

Frostee Freeze Drive-In neon sign - Tazewell, TN

This Drive-in is in Tazewell along Youngstown Rd. (Old US25E) near the intersection of Broad St.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

May a Horse be With You

May a Horse be With You

A lot of people are thinking about the brand new Star Wars movie which is coming out. However, the people in Shelbyville, TN are also thinking about Tennessee Walking Horses. Shelbyville is the home of the national celebration. This mural is signed 2018 Matt Reasor. This mural faces Lane Pkwy just west of Main St. in the same parking lot as Goodwill.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Hatch Show Print neon sign (2016)

Hatch Show Print neon sign (2016)

Hatch Show Print is the famous poster manufacturer that makes prints the old-fashioned way. Today, they are located inside of the Country Music Hall of Fame along 5th Ave. Previously, when I had photographed their sign, their shop was on Broadway.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Cold Spring School - Portland, TN

Cold Spring School - Portland, TN

From a nearby Tennessee Historic Commission marker:
Cold Spring School - circa 1857-1933
2.8 miles northeast is the site of Cold Spring School. It was built on land donated in May 1857 by Thomas Baskerville for a school and meetinghouse. Early in the Civil War, it was used by Camp Trousdale as a military hospital. There, in 1866, David Lipscomb organized the Portland Church of Christ. Landowners Jim and Bill McGlothlin gave the schoolhouse to the citizens of Portland for a museum of local history. In September 1975, it was relocated to Richland Park.

Tennessee Civil War Trails Marker at Richland Park:
In May 1861, the Tennessee General Assembly passed legislation to raise and equip the Provisional Army of Tennessee and train the units at camps throughout the state. Camp Trousdale was established—initially at Richland (present-day Portland)—as the main concentration point for companies formed in Middle Tennessee. The camp was named for former governor William Trousdale of Gallatin. Gen. Felix K. Zollicoffer (1812-1862) was its first commander, with his headquarters at the home of Thomas Buntin near the present Maple Hill Cemetery.

Because of a lack of potable water, Camp Trousdale moved in June to an area of wide rolling fields near the one-room Cold Spring School that Thomas Baskerville had constructed in 1857. The school served as a regimental hospital. Soon more than 6,000 men were drilling in the camp, and some of the sick were treated at the school building. Later, Camp Trousdale relocated to present-day TGT Road, again because of water contamination. The only barracks in the state that housed Confederate troops were built there, then razed in February 1862 before Union forces arrived and occupied the area.

Federal troops under the command of Lt. Col. Gustavus Tafels, 106th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment, subsequently fortified the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, constructing Fort Mitchell to guard the nearby trestle. Fort Smith, named for Col. George P. Smith, 129th Illinois Infantry, served as a temporary railroad to receive and ship Union supplies by wagons to Nashville.

Here is a third marker in front of the school:
Cold Springs, a rural one room school, was built near cold water springs on the Thomas Baskerville farm, near Mitchellville, Northern Sumner County. During the Civil War the school was a hospital for Confederate troops quartered at Camp Trousdale.

Howard McDowell, former student, mobilized efforts to move and restore the building. Structure donated by Jim & Bill McGlothlin. School moved into Richland Park in September, 1975.

Official agreement signed by City of Portland, McGlothlin families, and Highland Rim Historical Society, November 1, 1975.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

The Big Chicken - Shady Lawn Truck Stop

The Big Chicken - Shady Lawn Truck Stop

The Big Chicken, adorned with a chef hat, knife and fork, is located at the Shady Lawn Truck Stop at exit 6 off Interstate 65 in Giles County, TN. Inside, the truck stop sells T-shirts advising one to Respect the Chicken." It has been here for many years, but until recently it had been colored white and dark gray.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

JFG Special Coffee sign - Knoxville

JFG Special Coffee sign - Knoxville

"The Best Part of the Meal"

This 60 year old neon sign in South Knoxville which faces downtown was fully refurbished a few years ago.

Until 2010, this sign was at a small parking lot aloung Council Pl. overlooking the Tennessee River. This is what it looked like from the street. This is what it looked like from the bridge.

It underwent a complete renovation from Sept. 2010 to Sept. 2012 so that it would be in complete working order with 852 new light bulbs. It was moved to a higher location so that it's now in the parking lot of the Kerbela Temple overlooking Sevier Ave. It was relit during the Labor Day 2012 Boomsday Celebration. Here's the view from the bridge today.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Obsolete US Highway 25E sign - Cumberland Gap, TN

Obsolete US Highway 25E sign - Cumberland Gap, TN

Here is a vintage U.S. Highway sign which still stands in downtown Cumberland Gap, TN near the post office. Almost all of the paint is gone from the sign, but we can still read what is says.

US25E traffic was no longer routed through the middle of town in 1996 once the Cumberland Gap Tunnel was built. Before then, this sign pointed people to turn right. Traffic then turns left over by the city hall and goes north into Vigirina. From there, the old route began its dangerous descent through the Gap. If you can see the rock bluff in the background, that is where this route would eventually take motorists.

This sign is still much older than 1996. It's rare to see a remaining U.S. Highway Shield sign with the "TENN" at the top, and the E smaller than the 25. The city is proud of their old sign as they tied a fall corn display to the sign.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Post Offices of Tennessee - A new website Gallery

Post Offices of Tennessee - a website gallery

I've been everywhere, Man!

As I have traveled around the state of Tennessee over the years, I have looked for the post office of every city I have visited. Now that I have visited every county in Tennessee, it is time to create a slideshow of over 230 of these post offices.

You can view the individual photos of this post office gallery at the link below on the SeeMidTN website:

Or, here is a YouTube slideshow of 200 Post Offices:

Capt. Jeff Kuss USMC Memorial - Smyrna, TN

Capt. Jeff Kuss USMC Memorial (1) - Smyrna, TN

Description of the memorial:
On June 2, 2016, at the age of 32, Kuss tragically lost his life when his jet crashed a day before the Great Tennessee Air Show in Smyrna. A Blue Angel F/A-18C Hornet similar to the jet flown by Captain Kuss and on loan from the National Aviation Museum in Pensacola, FL.

Although I wasn't home at the time, I live less than a mile from where Capt. Kuss crashed in Smyrna. This memorial is also nearby, located on TN266 Sam Ridley Pkwy and across from the Smyrna MQY airport. Parking is available at Lee Victory Park.