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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Vanishing Soon: The Cal Turner Barn

Cal Turner's barn

I hate to report for a second day on a row that something is going away. Unfortunately, this icon along Franklin Road (US31) in Brentwood may be torn down soon. A couple of weeks ago when a huge windstorm blew through the midstate, the roof was blown off this already fragile barn. By the time you read this, it may already be gone.

This barn is located on the family farm of Cal Turner, the deceased founder of Dollar General. It has been best known for the large Nativity painting which is draped on the roof every Christmastime (and preserved in storage the rest of the year.) If the family were to sell the farm, it could fetch a large amount of money being in some incredibly prime real estate area. In the background is the bottom half of the WSM 650 AM radio tower, which, when it was built in the 1930's was proclaimed as the tallest radio tower in the country.

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