Saturday, August 27, 2016
The Downdraft is a ride similar to the Hurricane. Read more here:
To get this look in the daytime required f/22 and a strong ND filter.
Friday, August 26, 2016
I'm not completely sure what to think about this. Sonic and Burger King have both tried Bacon Sundaes here recently, so you never know.
Porky Shake actually looks like your typical Hamburger and Milkshake small business drive thru. However, Porky Shake was out of business when I went through the town of Moss along highway TN52 in Clay County. I will just assume its because they were sued by Warner Brothers for using their popular cartoon character without permission. Or, more likely because it's located in such a tiny town.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
In the earliest days of American Highways, before there was the numbered route system of today, there were National Auto Trails. One of the most prominent of these trails was the Dixie Highway where the western branch connected Chicago and Miami. The first and only president of the Dixie Highway Association was judge M. M. Allison of Chattanooga. The original route through the area involved building a road up and down Walden's Ridge in the Suck Creek area, a project that lasted from about 1919-24. Since this area atop Walden's Ridge was the highest point along the Dixie Highway as well as vaguely the midpoint between Chicago and Miami, the Association decided to build a small roadside park here as well as this monument which was dedicated in 1924.
An editorial discussing the event in the Atlanta Constitution by editor Clark Howell, one of Georgia’s two directors on the Dixie Highway Association, said, “No man in the south has contributed more to the development of the south--indeed the whole country for it is a national project-- than Judge Allison in his faithful and untiring work in this one outstanding interstate highway project”
The text of the marker, which still stands, states: "This memorial is erected by the people of the United States to mark their appreciation of the great service rendered our country by Judge M. M.Allison, president of the Dixie Highway Association since its organization in 1915. The Dixie Highway was founded upon his faith, his hope and his far vision, his indefatigable labor throughout the states wherein it winds its useful way made possible its realization."
With all of the hairpin turns and difficult terrain to navigate, an alternate and more popular route between Jasper and Chattanooga was soon developed, which today is highway US41. In other words, the original Dixie Highway marker was essentially bypassed for a more convenient route, however this small pullover and monument is still there today as the road is now state highway TN27.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Reelfoot Lake is a shallow natural lake located in the northwest portion of Tennessee. Much of it is really more of a swamp, with bayou-like ditches (some natural, some man-made) connecting more open bodies of water called basins, the largest of which is called Blue Basin. Reelfoot Lake is noted for its bald cypress trees and its nesting pairs of bald eagles. It is the site of Reelfoot Lake State Park.
Reelfoot Lake was formed when the region subsided during the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811–1812. Several eyewitnesses reported that the Mississippi River flowed backward for 10–24 hours to fill the lake. The earthquakes resulted in several major changes in the landforms over a widespread area with shocks being felt as far away as Quebec.
This fall color view of Cypress trees in the lake was taken from a boat ramp near the Air Park area of the State Park.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Monday, August 22, 2016
The Rutherford County Courthouse in the Murfreesboro, TN town square is one of only six antebellum courthouses in Tennessee. With construction completing in 1859 at a cost of $50,000, the Greek-Revival style brick structure features classical columns on the East and West sides. The original cupola was replaced circa 1910 and similar styled wings were added on the north and south in 1965. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
On Sept. 7, 2013 the community had a charity "Memory Walk" on behalf of the Alzheimer's Association. For several days leading up to the walk, the lights which illuminate the courthouse's cupola and columns were changed to purple. This photo was taken the day of the walk, but early in the morning about 30 minutes before sunrise.
Sunday, August 21, 2016
This church is located along highway TN89 in Weakley County between Dresden and Sharon. According to the sign out front, the congregation was established in 1849. On the front of the building is a metal plaque presented by the Daughters of the American Colonists in 1889.
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Friday, August 19, 2016
This Chessie caboose is on display outside the historic NCStL Depot Museum. According to the museum's sign:
Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Extended Vision Caboose # 3255
The sides of the cupola project beyond the side of the car body. Introduced by the International Car Co. and saw service on most U.S. Railroads. The extended cupola allowed the crew to see past the top of the taller cars that began to appear after WWII.
The C&O, B&O, and Western Maryland Railroad became the Chessie System in 1972., taking on officially the mascot kitten used in and since 1934 "Chessie". In 1985, Chessie system became part of the CSX Railroad.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Located atop Lookout Mountain near Mentone, AL is the easily accessible DeSoto Falls.
Downstream from here is the main DeSoto Falls which plunges 104 feet. The upper falls is just a few feet upstream. Beyond that at the top of the photo is a 1920s hydroelectric A.A. Miller Dam.