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Monday, June 26, 2017

Glen Echo - Franklin, TN

Glen Echo - Franklin, TN

From Wikipedia:

Glen Echo, also known as Harpeth Hall, is a property in Franklin, TN that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. It is a former plantation house that is now the centerpiece and administrative office of the Battle Ground Academy's Upper School campus.

It was designed and/or built c. 1828 by Joseph Ruff for Williamson County's first Circuit Judge Thomas Stuart. The structure includes Federal architecture. The NRHP listing was for an area of 14 acres with just one contributing building.

It was one of about thirty surviving antebellum "significant brick and frame residences" built in Williamson County that were centers of slave plantations. It is one of several of these located "on the rich farmland surrounding Franklin"; others were the Dr. Hezekiah Oden House, the Franklin Hardeman House and the Samuel Glass House, the Thomas Brown House, the Stokely Davis House, the Beverly Toon House and the Samuel S. Marten House.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

DeKalb County Courthouse - Smithville, TN

DeKalb County Courthouse - Smithville, TN

Every summer, the DeKalb County Courthouse is home to the nationally acclaimed Smithville's Fiddler's Jamboree. The courthouse was built in 1971 at a cost of $750,000.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Cowan, TN Passenger Depot

Cowan, TN Passenger Depot (2013)

The Cowan Depot is wood frame and built in 1904 for the NC&StL railway. When in use, it was originally on the other side of the still-in-use-by-CSX tracks but moved further away to its current location in 1976. It's built in a railroad Gothic style architecture and has been repainted to the original green and yellow colors. The building is in the process of renovation. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. Every year, the town has a Summer Weekend festival called Cowan Depot Days with the goal of raising money to further restore the station.

Cowan is located on the historic line that runs from Nashville to Chattanooga and is perhaps best known by railfans as the last stop before ascending Cumberland Mountain and the picturesque but almost inaccessible Cumberland Mountain Tunnel entrance. CSX keeps pusher cars on hand to help trains make the incline to the top.

Steam Locomotive #1 has been the highlight of the Cowan Railroad Museum for many years. It's a Columbia Type 2-4-2. It was built by Porter in 1920 as a tenderless Tank style locomotive and converted with a small homemade tender and had the saddle tank removed. The cab used to contain a small coal bunker. The Engine was functional around Charleston, SC until 1964 when it was sold to the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. Then, was sold to the Cowan museum in 1979.

To see my other photos from the Depot Museum, look here:

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Site of Big Rock Court - Chattanooga

Big Rock Court, site of

For years, motorists around Chattanooga have seen a Big Rock with the words Big Rock painted on it. This is the story.

During the golden age of automobile travel, Joe Light opened a motel along Cummings Highway. This highway is located at the base of Lookout Mountain near the Tennessee River. Until I-24 paralleled the old highway, it was the only way that connected the city to the west, which meant lots of travelers passed through here. The most notable geologic landmark at this site was the Big Rock. Thus, the motel was called Big Rock Court and "Big Rock Court" was painted on the rock. Even though it has been several decades, the makeshift sign is still legible.

Big Rock Court wasn't the best motel around. It gained the reputation by the locals as a den of gambling. After a shooting, a police raid finally led to the Court's demise.

This spot was still a prime location for tourists, so in 1977 the Super Water Slide opened for business. Advertised as the largest water slide in the world, the fiberglass slide zig-zagged down the hillside. The popularity faded until the summer hot-spot went out of business in 1989 and the slide relocated to Tullahoma where I find no record of it. With no use, this property became covered in kudzu.

Local conservationist John C. Wilson let the group now known as the Lookout Mountain Land Trust to purchase the land and turn it into a park. Trash was removed, overgrowth was cut down and the park named after Wilson has opened. You can read Wilson's story on preserving the park in this article. Today, you can hike a trail, have a picnic, climb the old stairs to where Joe Light's house was, or get a better view of the Big Rock Court sign that beckons motorists to this day.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Arcade Restaurant Neon Sign - Memphis, TN

Arcade Restaurant Neon Sign - Memphis, TN

Located along Main St. in Memphis, the iconic Arcade Restaurant is the oldest in Memphis. Read more here:

Friday, June 9, 2017

Opryland Ballroom Mural: Jackson Statue & Capitol

Opryland Ballroom Mural 4: Jackson Statue & Capitol

In Opryland Hotel's original ballroom area, the walls are painted to depict scenes from Nashville around the time of Tennessee's Centennial, in the late 1800's. To view the entire set of 8, Click Here.

The Tennessee State Capitol was designed by William Strickland, who also designed the U.S. Capitol. The building was finished in 1859. The Andrew Jackson riding statue was completed soon thereafter, and an identical statue was placed in New Orleans and one in Washington D.C. near the capitol.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Allie Rock - Decatur, TN

Allie Rock - Decatur, TN

Located at Decatur Veterans Memorial Park, a nearby sign explains:
This rock is dedicated to the memory of Allie Blevens. Whether she was playing with friends or cheerleading, Allie always brightened the day of those around her. We invite you to express yourself by creating art or an uplifting message to brighten the world around you.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Billy Tripp's Mindfield

Billy Tripp's Mindfield

One of the most surreal but expansive work of art I have ever come across is in the small Tennessee town of Brownsville. This metal behemoth is the work of one man, Billy Tripp and he has named it his Mindfield.

The Mindfield is located in a narrow but deep strip of land between the Sunrise Inn and a strip mall along Main St. (old US70/79), just a couple of blocks east of the town square. Started in 1989, he plans on adding to it until the day he dies. He is always on the lookout for scrap metal, such as the abandoned water tower he found once when he was on a trip. If you visit, you might get lucky and find a free copy of his book The Mindfield Years, Vol. 1 which is a stream-of-consciousness for 725 pages which he describes as a difficult read.

There's a whole lot more I'd like to say but these sites say it better:
The Official site
Roadside America's writeup
I have a coworker who came from Brownsville, and she thought it was cool how it brings attention to the city.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Monroe County Courthouse - Madisonville, TN

Monroe County Courthouse - Madisonville, TN

Monroe County's 4th and current courthouse was built in 1897 at a cost of $17,000. At the time, it was praised in the local paper for it's useful functionality and with "no useless ornamentation on the outside." Today, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The two story brick building is built upon a high basement features a tall tower over the front entrance. Externally, above the basement level is a stone water table and also a cornice at the eave line of the hipped roof. At the main entrance is a one story porch supported with four square brick columns and topped by a balustrade. The clock tower features square pilasters with Ionic and Doric caps. A rear annex was added to the rear in 1979.

Monroe County Courthouse Rear View - Madisonville, TN

Monday, June 5, 2017

Calhoun, GA Memorial Arch with Sequoyah Statue

Calhoun, GA Memorial Arch with Sequoyah Statue

Located at the northern end of Calhoun is this memorial arch honoring soldiers. The arch is at a small triangular park where highway US41 (old Dixie Highway) meets GA225. The Arch and nearby Sequoyah statue were funded by the Calhoun Women's Club in 1927. The statues were made by JL Mott Iron Works in New York. The stone masonry was completed by W. Laurens Hillhouse.

One one side is a Confederate Memorial which commemorates the Battle of Resaca which was fought near here on May 14-15, 1864. On the other side, "Calhoun honors her World War Heroes 1917-1918" featuring a Doughboy statue.

Calhoun, GA Memorial Arch

Calhoun, GA Memorial Arch - WWI Soldier Calhoun, GA Memorial Arch - Confederate Soldier

Sequoyah Statue - Calhoun, GA

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Cross Bridges Methodist Church

Cross Bridges Methodist Church

Cross Bridges is a small rural community in Maury County west of Columbia along US412. According to the sign out front, this congregation was established in 1882.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

In the news: Tom Lee Park Obelisk in Memphis toppled by storm

Tom Lee Obelisk (View at dusk) - Memphis Riverfront

Late during the afternoon of May 8, 1925, Tom Lee steered his 28 ft skiff Zev upriver after delivering an official to Helena, Arkansas.
Also on the river was a steamboat, the M.E. Norman, carrying members of the Engineers Club of Memphis, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and their families. Lee witnessed the M.E. Norman capsize in the swift current 15 mi (24 km) downriver from Memphis at Cow Island Bend. Although he could not swim, he rescued 32 people with five trips to shore. Lee acted quickly, calmly and with no regard for his own safety, continuing to search after night fell. Because of his efforts, only 23 people died.

Today. Tom Lee Park is a city park located to the immediate west of downtown Memphis overlooking the Mississippi River. Encompassing about 30 acres parallel to the river for about one mile, it offers panoramic views of the river and the shores of Arkansas on the opposite side.

Tom Lee died of cancer in 1952. Two years later, the park was named in his honor and a granite obelisk was erected. In October 2006, a bronze sculpture by artist David Alan Clark was erected in the park to commemorate the event and to honor the civil hero. The sculpture depicts the rescue of a survivor saved from drowning in the Mississippi River.

In late May, a strong windstorm powered through Memphis which knocked over this monument and shattered it into many pieces. Read the full story and see a video here.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Miniature golf snake

Miniature golf snake

If you've ever had the desire to putt a small white ball into the head of yellow spotted python while in Dixie, then Goony Golf in Chattanooga, TN is for you.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Buford Pusser Memorial Park - Adamsville, TN

Buford Pusser Memorial Park - Adamsville, TN

"In Memory of a Man Who Walked Tall"

This city park is a couple of blocks away from his home and museum

This plaque at the park gives a short biography of his life as well as a relief portrait.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

L&N Caboose 6339 - Big Sandy, TN

L&N Caboose 6339 - Big Sandy, TN

Located in a mini-park in the middle of the small town

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Cheatham County Courthouse and Lamps (Oct. 2014) - Ashland City, TN

Cheatham County Courthouse and Lamps (Oct. 2014) - Ashland City, TN

The front of the Courthouse which is seen here serves as the main entrance with two columns and was built in 1914. An older section of the building is behind the front part and was built in 1869. If you view large, the words "Cheatham County Courthouse" appear above the front of the building. There is no "town square" in Ashland City, but this building faces the intersection on TN12 and TN49/249. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. The County Jail was added to the back of the courthouse in the 1980s.

This visit was made during October 2014 when the county placed some Breast Cancer Awareness Month decorations on the grounds. These include a pink ribbon on the lawn, a pink wreath above the main entrance and pink bows on the lamps.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Patriot Park - Covington, TN

Patriot Park - Covington, TN

From the Covington Parks webpage:
This park was dedicated on Nov. 11, 2004. Centerpiece to this park is an A-4L Skyhawk Attack Bomber. This bomber was utilized extensively during the Vietnam Conflict and was developed to provide better ground attack and support services.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Ooltewah Baptist Church

Ooltewah Baptist Church

Located in Ooltewah, TN. It's just fun to say Ooltewah.

The church building is nice looking. It opened in 1962.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Dunbar Cave Lake (From Inside the arch)

Dunbar Cave Lake (Inside the arch)

Dunbar Cave is a scenic State Natural Area in the middle of a residential area in Clarksville, but a hundred years ago it was a rural tourist destination.

At one time, a resort hotel operated here. More significantly, the opening of the cave became a popular party spot for big bands in the 1930's and 40's. (So popular, that Roy Acuff bought the area in 1948).

Caves tend to maintain a nice cool temperature, and having lots of people hang out by the entrance would be a cool place on a hot summer evening, plus the rock formations around the entrance make for a nice bandshell. The springs from the cave were dammed to make the picturesque Swan Lake.

The typical picture of the area shows the triple arches of the white concrete. As soon as I got here, I went down there, and there was nothing there. It looks like it should be an entrance, but it isn't. Instead, it's purpose from the big band era was to hold up the concrete dance floor. The reason the arched area was made accessible was so you could walk the nature trail along to the other side of the lake. The actual entrance is of course above the arches.

Today, Dunbar Cave is owned by the state and operated by the State Park service.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Stix - Nashville Public Art

Stix - Nashville Public Art

Located in the 8th Avenue Roundabout near the Music City Center is Stix, Nashville's tallest piece of art. Stix is a collection of about 30 70-foot painted cedar poles. It is meant to be an homage to the painted wooden artwork of local Native Americans.

It's height might be impressive, but it still drew the ire of local watchdog groups who complain of its 3/4 of a million dollar price tag.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Shiloh Indian Mounds Site

Shiloh Indian Mounds Site

It's unusual to think that on an old historic site in rural West Tennessee contains an even older historic site, but that's what we have here.

The site is located near the Tennessee River in Hardin County. Archaeologists believe indigenous people used the mound as a burial site from around 1000-1450 AD. Later on, the Civil War Battle of Shiloh took place in and around the Archaeological Site.

The Shiloh Indian Mounds Site has been labelled a National Historic Site independent of the Shiloh National Military Park. For more info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiloh_Indian_Mounds_Site

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Old Mill - Pigeon Forge

The Old Mill - Pigeon Forge (version 4)

In the early 1800s, this gristmill was built on the Little Pigeon river in what was then a small mountain community of Pigeon Forge. The mill, which was built to make meal and flour for the locals still does that today. The Old Mill even furnished electricity for the town until 1935.

In 1830, William Love dammed the Little Pigeon and started construction on the mill using 40' long yellow Poplar logs.

In those days, the mill was the hub of local activity and now, 180 years later is one of the most popular tourist spots around the Smoky Mountains. The adjoining restaurant is also one of the most popular in Pigeon Forge. The Old Mill is also on the National Register of Historic Places.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Stay on TENN58 and SEE Beautiful ROCK CITY

Stay on --> TENN58 and SEE Beautiful__ ROCK CITY

Stay on --> TENN58 and SEE Beautiful__ ROCK CITY

This is a few miles north of Chattanooga on highway TN58 inside the Hamilton County line. not far from Georgetown, TN

Update: It appears the part of the barn with the word ROCK has been replaced with new wood since this photo was taken.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Norfolk & Western #675 - Bluegrass Railway

Norfolk & Western #675 - Bluegrass Railway

Seen at the Bluegrass Railway Museum in Versailles, KY is the N&W Diesel Locomotive #675 which is now used for most of their excursion trains. The Class GP-9 Engine was built by E.M.D. of General Motors. It was donated by Consolidated Coal Corporation of Pittsburgh PA. She was restored at the Mid-America Locomotive Works in Evansville, Indiana, painted in N&W freight black and placed back in operational service in 2007. 675 is equipped with dual control stands, both of which are still operational. This allows the engineer to run the locomotive from either side of the cab.

When I was in the process of lining up this photo, a museum employee asked me to hold my pose so he could photograph me photographing the train. I guess I ought to ask them if I can get that picture from them. :)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Cumberland Mountain State Park Stone Arch Bridge

Cumberland Mountain State Park Stone Arch Bridge View #6

Also known as Byrd Creek Bridge, this concrete stone arch bridge is the centerpiece of the Cumberland Mountain State Park near Crossville, TN. Here, a dam was built on Byrd Creek forming a lake on the southeast side. Highway TN419 carries the seven span bridge which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Cumberland Homesteads Historic District. Byrd Creek Dam is the largest masonry structure ever built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Here is the text of the nearby historic marker:

Men of the Civilian Conservation Corps' Company 3464 built this unsuspended bridge between 1935 and 1940, for a 30-acre impoundment of Byrd's Creek. Three thousand five hundred and fifty cubic yards of dirt and rock were excavated and the core, containing 8,000 tons of concrete, is faced with Crab Orchard stone for the 319-foot span. Seven spillways, rising 28 feet above the stream bed, carry the 18-foot roadway approximately 16 feet above water level.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Huntsville Madison County Veterans Memorial Aviator Statue

Huntsville Madison County Veterans Memorial Aviator Statue

The Huntsville Madison County Veterans Memorial Foundation dedicated this Aviator Statue on Veterans Day, 2015. The statue's face was modeled after Marine Captain Trey Wilbourn who died in Desert Storm. The bronze statue was created by local sculptor Dan Burch.

For the full story:

Huntsville Madison County Veterans Memorial Aviator Statue

Friday, May 19, 2017

Hickerson's Motel Court

Hickerson's Motel Court

Located along Nolensville Rd. (US31A/41A) in the Woodbine area of Nashville. There used to be several Motels through this area, but these days it's probably not the kind of area you'd want to stay in. I'm not aware of any other motels near here. If you're familiar with the area, it's across from Phonoluxe record store, which I was always looking at and missing this cool old neon sign.

Hickerson's Motel Court

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Rock City's Fairyland Caverns: Cindarella

Rock City's Fairyland Caverns: Cindarella

After spending some time trying to see seven states and various unusual rock formations, visitors to Rock City finish their visit along the Enchanted Trail by enjoying the sights of Fairyland Cavern.

When Fairyland Caverns first opened, most of the scenes consisted of their gnome collection and related decor fitting a fairy tale theme, all moved into a new section of the park that needed a purpose. Then in the late 40s, Rock City hired Atlanta artist Jessie Sanders to create the glow-in-the-dark scenes from popular fairy tales and these are the scenes that still exist today.

The first thing Mrs. Sanders crafted was a deer that stands next to Snow White. From there, she created individual displays for different tales. Other than the first two scenes (which depict a mother reading bedtime stories to the children and then the children asleep with "Dream Fairies" flittering about) she was given free reign to create the scenes as inspiration struck. As the figures were cast from her Atlanta studio, they would be shipped to Rock City and installed after another artist, Marcus Lilly, would paint the backdrops. Jessie's husband Charles also helped create many of the props that are seen today.

After Jessie Sanders spent about a decade creating all of the vistas along the main hallway, she envisioned her most elaborate display in 1958. Mother Goose's Village was to be a large room with a miniature mountain, adorned by a castle, and many fairy tale characters seamlessly placed together to save the attraction's best for last. After six years of construction, the fantastic finale was opened to the public in May, 1964 delighting young and old since.

On my website, I have created a gallery entitled "A Tour of Rock City" where I not only have tried to photograph each individual display in Fairyland Caverns and much of Mother Goose's Village, but all the other wondrous scenes at the beloved tourist attraction.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Stones River Battlefield: Entrance to Civil War Cemetery

SRNB: Entrance to Civil War Cemetery

The Stones River National Battlefield is a park in Murfreesboro, TN along the Stones River in Rutherford County, TN. The park commemorates the Civil War battle that took place here on Dec. 31, 1862 and Jan. 2, 1863. The park was established using public and private funds, with significant help from the NCStL railway, and is now under the oversight of the U.S. National Park Service.

To see all of my Stones River Battlefield pictures, Look Here.

The entrance to the Park and the cemetery across the street are on Old Nashville Highway, which many years ago was the Dixie Highway.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Elliston Place Soda Shop interior

Elliston Place Soda Shop interior

Interesting painting / artwork plus jukebox control tableside.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Clinton, TN Train Depot

Clinton, TN Train Depot

This passenger train station was originally owner by Southern Railway. The tracks on the right are active and still in use by NS.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Third Baptist Church - Nashville, TN

Third Baptist Church - Nashville, TN

Located in the Buena Vista neighborhood in Nashville, this congregation is now known as the Hopewell Missionary Baptist church. The brick building dates back to 1909 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Cold Water Falls - Tuscumbia, AL

Cold Water Falls - Tuscumbia, AL

Cold Water Falls is the world's largest "man-made Natural Stone Waterfall" to be known in existence. (Personally, I don't know what the difference in a natural stone waterfall and other man-made waterfalls might be.) The waterfall is 80 feet wide and 48 feet tall. It was constructed over 120 days using 1,780 tons of local Colbert County Sandstone with the largest stone weighing 77,000 pounds. Every day 4,320,000 gallons of water flows over the falls.

This waterfall is located at Tuscumbia's Spring Park and the Big Spring would be the highlight on this spot if not for the waterfall. Michael Dickson of Tennessee settled here ca. 1817 and in 1819 the town was laid out centered near the Big Spring. Tuscumbia was originally named Ococoposo, which is Chickasaw for Cold Water. Spring Park was established in 1919. To the right of this spot, there is a fountain in the lake with 50+ jets which performs a weekend show at dusk. Spring park also has a small railroad, carousel and kiddie roller coaster.

Friday, May 12, 2017

TVA Cumberland Power Plant

TVA Cumberland Power Plant

Located in Cumberland City, TN along the banks of the Cumberland River, this power plant produces the most electricity in the TVA system. At 1,001 ft, these two chimneys are two of the 50 tallest chimneys in the world, and among the five tallest when constructed in 1970. The plant is also built at the site of the Wells Creek Crater, a large meteorite impact site from long, long ago.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Old Bartow Co. Courthouse - Cartersville, GA

Old Bartow Co. Courthouse

Cartersville, GA has two courthouses. I wouldn't call the ornate 1903 courthouse "new" but it replaced this one as the current courthouse still.

This building was built in 1873, but eventually was moved. Since the courthouse was near the tracks, trains blowing their whistles would interrupt court proceedings.

Not too long ago, this older courthouse opened as a local history museum after presumably sitting vacant for a while.

Partially obstructing the view is where Church Street now has a bridge over the railroad tracks. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Shelby Park Follies: Concrete Water Fountain Shelter - Nashville, TN

Shelby Park Follies: Concrete Water Fountain Shelter - Nashville, TN

Usually, when people think of a folly, the usual definition is of a foolish act or mistake. The other definition as it applies here is an ornamental building with no practical purpose, built in a large garden or park.

The following text describing this shelter and the other Shelby Park follies is taken from the city of Nashville's website on the Shelby Park Master Plan:
www.nashville.gov/Portals/0/SiteContent/Parks/docs/planni... (large file download)
Original features built in Shelby Park included several architectural “follies” or fanciful, picturesque structures. One was the Dutch Windmill. Built for the park opening in 1912 on what became known as Windmill Hill, it was a full scale interpretation of what
one might have imagined in Holland. The tall structure allowed visitors to climb an exterior staircase and enjoy expansive views of the park. The windmill burned in 1940. The Lake Sevier Boathouse (1912) was constructed of wood & concrete and designed to look like the prow of a riverboat. Paddle boats and canoes were available for rental at the boathouse, which also offered views of lake and surrounding area from an upper deck. The water fountain shelter (1912) near the Lillian Avenue entrance is the only folly still standing today, and is the most fanciful of several cast concrete structures in the park designed by E. C. Lewis.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

McLemore House Museum - Franklin, TN

McLemore House Museum - Franklin, TN

The Harvey McLemore house was built in 1880 with Colonial Revival architecture. Five generations of the McLemore family lived here until 1997. Today the house is on the National Register of Historic Places and is the McLemore House African-American Museum.

From the Historic Marker:
Hard Bargain
In 1873, W.S. McLemore subdivided 15 acres, which he called "Hard Bargain" because of a difficult land deal struck in 1866. Hard Bargain became a stable community, largely African-American. The Harvey McLemore house on this lot, built in 1880, was the home of a successful ex-slave and his descendants for 117 years. To the north stands the Franklin Primitive Baptist Church, organized in 1867, and Mt. Hope Cemetery, begun in 1875. On the east stood St. John's Episcopal Church, the church's Negro mission, and a tobacco warehouse. Due south was the 1910 subdivision of Franklin banker E.E. Green and the Green Street Church of God. On the west stood Folk Town, a row of shotgun houses, now a playground.

Monday, May 8, 2017

L&N Caboose #369 - Guthrie, KY

L&N Caboose #369 - Guthrie, KY

Guthrie, KY is a city that became important because of the railroad. Over the years, L&N main lines intersected here, such as the one from St. Louis to Nashville or the one from Louisville to Memphis. Honoring the town's railroad history, they display this caboose in a small city park.

L&N is no more, but there are plenty of trains in town. CSX runs along the old St. Louis to Nashville line. The smaller RJ Corman Railroad also has a major presence in town.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Blues City Cafe neon sign - Memphis, TN

CAFE neon sign

Blues City Cafe - Beale St. Memphis
The neon alternates between the three forks.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Cheatham County Bicentennial Trail Bridge (Road View)

Cheatham County Bicentennial Trail Bridge (Road View)

This view is from Chapmansboro Rd. from where it crosses Sycamore Creek.

This bridge was originally built in 1901 by the Tennessee Central Railway as they extended their rail line from Nashville west to Clarksville. Around 1990, the tracks west of Ashland City were abandoned and soon many people wanted to convert the old rail-bed and this bridge to a pedestrian trail. With a partnership between the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and the Cheatham County Parks Department, the Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail was built and it utilized the old bridge. (The trail parallels the Cumberland River but actually crosses Sycamore Creek.) The iron Parker through truss bridge with a length of 550 ft. was built by American Bridge Co.

For other views of this bridge: www.flickr.com/search/?sort=relevance&text=cumberland...
For the full story: www.railstotrails.org/news/recurringfeatures/trailmonth/a...
or: www.cumberlandrivertrail.org/history.htm

Friday, May 5, 2017

Old Man in the Mountain

Old Man in the Mountain

See it? The front of the rock looks like a face!

The name of this rock formation dates back to a time when people were easily entertained. It's located near Chattanooga atop Lookout Mountain and the recently revitalized Stone Bridge Park. When I first visited this spot eight years ago, the entire park was so overgrown with vegetation, that the Old Man rock formation was the only thing worth seeing here. Since all of the overgrowth has been cleared out, the entire area looks nicer.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Railroad Mural - Paris, TN

Railroad Mural - Paris, TN

This mural depicts an Orange and Yellow locomotive pulling a brown caboose which is chased by a couple of anthropomorphic dogs with their pizza and beer. If you'r wondering why there'd be pizza and beer in this mural, it must have been commissioned by a local pizza place. The name PAPA J (not Papa Johns) was painted on the train, and then painted over in a different shade of orange.

In Paris, the railroad went right down the middle of Fentress St. and is seen along the street in this picture. The 1896 NCStL depot is just down the street a couple of blocks.