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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Meramec Caverns Barn

Meramec Caverns Barn

Yesterday, I posted a Ruby Falls (formerly Rock City) advertising barn. This is the other side.

This barn, which is now in area of lush overgrowth, used to be seen by many mototists passing between Nashville and Chattanooga. If you were heading south, you would see this barn advertise first Rock City and now Ruby Falls. Travelling north, you see the sign say "See Jesse James Hideout MERAMEC CAVERNS U.S.66 STANTON, Mo."

Meramec Caverns is indeed along the Mother Road, the Old Route 66, so now think how long ago this was probably painted. The newer barns for Meramec Cavers tell you it's located off I-44. These ads are plentiful in Missouri, but most of the remaining painted barns in the south are for Rock City. I'm not aware of any other Meramec barns anywhere near here.

This is located on US Highway 41 in Coffee County. If you see Noah, TN on your map, that's where this barn is located.

On a personal note, The Missouri Department of Transportation Historic Preservation group contacted me for this picture, so they could print it at a rest stop in the area.

If you like this kind of thing, I recommend this book: Advertising Barns by William Simmonds

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