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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Meramec Caverns Barn in Tennessee

Meramec Caverns Barn in Tennessee

This barn 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 touristy barns in the south are for Rock City. I am not aware of any other painted barns for this attraction that are so far away.

(For those of you not as familiar with Merames Caverns, while they are still somewhat known for their painted barns, they are better know for another automobile advertisement. The people at Meramec are credited with inventing the bumper sticker!)

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. Make sure you see the Ruby Falls / Rock City ad on the other side:

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