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Monday, August 21, 2017

The previous solar event I could see in Nashville

Transit of Venus

Happy eclipse day!

June 5, 2012 was the last time I tried to photograph the sun. On that day, the planet Venus came between us and the sun. If Venus was a lot bigger, I guess you could call this an eclipse, but the sun was so bright that you couldn't see this unless you had a solar filter. Since it's not an eclipse, the Astronomy term is Transit of Venus.

If you think a solar eclipse is rare, the Transit of Venus will not happen again until 2117. However, there will be a Transit of Mercury on Nov 11, 2019, but it will not be visible in the United States.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

See Incline Here / Coca-Cola sign

See Incline Here / Coca-Cola sign

Along the Lookout Mountain Scenic Highway (TN148) is a spot where the street crosses over Chattanooga's historic Incline Railroad. Along that bridge is a pedestrian scenic overlook. The parking spaces for this overlook are provided by Mountain Memories, a gift shop.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Cannon Courthouse & Car Show

Cannon Courthouse & Car Show 2

My wife and I were travelling to Woodbury, TN one Saturday afternoon in the fall. We stopped at a restaurant on the town square, and while we were eating, a bunch of classic cars pulled up to the square and a car show broke out. A friend from town says these shows are frequent in Woodbury.

The Car in the photo is a Camaro Z28. 2017 is the 50th year of the Camaro.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Johnny Cash Museum neon sign

Johnny Cash Museum neon sign

During Cash's lifetime, his museum was located at his business office in Hendersonville, TN and was known as "House of Cash." This modern museum is one of the top museums for country music fans in Nashville where it is located along 3rd Ave. in downtown. This neon sign was not here on my previous walk through the area in the Spring of 2015
www.johnnycashmuseum.com/

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Craighead-Jackson House - Knoxville, TN

Craighead-Jackson House

Located in downtown Knoxville next to the Blount Manison. There lots of good info on the Wikipedia article:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craighead-Jackson_House

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Higgins Moonlite Drive-In

Higgins Moonlite Drive-In

In Woodbury, TN on U.S. Highway 70S and it is still open for business. My wife and I went to screen 1, the first time we'd ever been to a drive in.

www.themoonlitedrivein.com/

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Germantown, TN Train Depot at Night

Germantown, TN Train Depot at Night

Tracks were first laid through Germantown by the Memphis & Charleston Railroad in the 1850's. This depot was built by Southern Railway as a replica in 1948 to recreate the depot that was here in 1868.

On the front of the building is a plaque that reads "Restoration by Heritage Woman's Club 1986." Today, the building houses the offices for the Tennessee Shakespeare Company.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Christ Church Episcopal - Rugby, TN

Christ Church Episcopal - Rugby, TN

Rugby is a small community along the Cumberland Plateau in Morgan County, founded by British Immigrants in 1880. The Rugby Colony was designed to be a Utopian community, but the design failed in less than a decade. Still a few townspeople and their descendants lived in the area over the next several decades. In the 1960s, residents, friends and descendants of Rugby began restoring the original design and layout of the community, preserving surviving structures and reconstructing others.

The Christ Church Episcopal was established on October 5, 1880, and initially used the original Rugby schoolhouse for services. The current building was built in the Carpenter Gothic style in 1887 by Cornelius Onderdonk, who constructed many of the original buildings in Rugby, and consecrated by Episcopal bishop Charles Quintard in 1888. The church's alms basin was designed by English carpenter Henry Fry, who had previously done work for various churches in the London area. The church's reed organ, built in 1849, is one of the oldest in the United States. The Christ Church congregation has met here regularly since 1887.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Old and New Bridgeport, AL river bridge

Old and New Bridgeport, AL river bridge

This is an important spot for railroads in the south as all of the CSX trains that run from Nashville to Chattanooga cross through here. I can't find any details on how old the old bridge is, but the river was first crossed here by NCStL in 1852.

The bridges here cross the Tennessee River. One of the reasons this spot was picked is there is an approx 1000 ft. island 2/3 of the way to the other side at this spot. The tracks cross the wider 1000 ft. portion of the river with what you see in the foreground, and then there is a smaller 500 ft. lift bridge in the background.

The lift bridge was placed here in 1981 from unused train line elsewhere. It's rather inaccessible unless you're a railroad employee who takes a gravel road on the other side.

Bridgeport, AL Lift bridge

Unfortunately, the pedestrian bridge clearly marks it's for employees only, which is a shame.

I'm not sure how new the new bridge on the left is. It's at least newer than 1995. On GreenFrog.com, (a great website for railfan videos) they have a CSX video from Chattanooga to Nashville, filmed in the mid 90's and featuring the bridges here before the new one was built.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Sequatchie Cave

Sequatchie Cave

Sequatchie Cave State Natural Area is located in the town of Sequatchie, TN in Marion County. The calf-deep pure waters of Owen Spring Branch flow out of the mouth of the cave. When the water levels are low, people have explored about a mile into the cave. There are also a couple of endangered species that live here, the Caddisfly and the Royal Snail.

The City of Sequatchie was developed because it is close to the waters here. In the 1850's, the landowners gave the land to the city. In the late 1920's (I think) the area was opened as a roadside park complete with a couple of concrete picnic tables and large boulders around the drive. (The driveway to the park is along Valley View Highway which I believe was an original segment of the Dixie Highway in the area.) While the park is still maintained today by the county Highway Department, it is also listed as a State Natural Area. On the day of my visit in the Winter of 2013, there was a posted sign that the entering the cave was off limits as all state owned caves are closed indefinitely as researchers study the White nose Syndrome of bats.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Ledford Mill

Ledford Mill

Ledford Mill is an 1884 gristmill listed on the National register of Historic Places. The nearest city is Tullahoma, sometimes listed as Wartrace, but is in the corner of Moore County, so it's technically in Lynchburg. Visually, it's an unusual setting for a Middle Tennessee Mill. The road leads right up to the door on an upper floor of this mill in the narrow valley.

Mills need a place to harness the power of water, and are usually situated at a waterfall or a dam. This place has both. An old large metal pipe runs from the top of the dam of Shipman's Creek to the mill. a path with a wooden pedestrian bridge leads to a bench where you can sit and watch the 20 foot waterfalls in a peaceful setting. With the lake above the dam, you can see the fish which are considered pets at the mill.

Like most gristmills, it went out of business decades ago. However, the mill was restored in 1996 by innkeepers John & Mildred Spear who operate the mill as a three room bed & breakfast. During business hours, the mill is open as a gift shop / antique store. Visitors are allowed to look around but when the paying overnight guests arrive, they get the area to themselves.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Old Sara Lee Bread Billboard Sign - Knoxville, TN

Old Sara Lee Bread Billboard Sign

Located in South Knoxville at a building along the Chapman Highway that is (or was) their building. At the top of the building was a long sign with their slogan "Nobody Doesn't Like Sara Lee." Part of that sign fell off and you can see what's left of the old sign: "Take Home..."

In 2017, Kern's Bakery where this is located was added to the National Registry of Historic Places. Sara Lee operated here from 1989 to 2012.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Site of Sulphur Dell - Nashville

Site of Sulphur Dell - Nashville

When the Nashville Sounds announced plans to build a new baseball stadium First Tennessee Park, they picked the site of Nashville first baseball stadium.

Sulphur Dell was the site of baseball for nearly 100 years. For over 60 years, it was the home of the Nashville Vols minor league baseball team. Before the stadium permanently closed in 1963, it had been longest continually used site for baseball in America. This fact was even commemorated in the scaffolding sign outside the ballpark which can be seen in the photo at this link:
www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/cb52b0c41f0ef904859ba2d0bce00055...

At the new First Tennessee Park, which opened at the same site over 50 years later, they pay tribute to the site's history. This sign recreates the iconic sign of the original. It is located on the back of the green center field hitter's backdrop, so if you attend a game and walk all the way around the stadium, you can see this too.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Cheatham County Bicentennial Trail Bridge

Cheatham County Bicentennial Trail Bridge

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.

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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

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Seattle Wheel - Williamson County Fair

Seattle Wheel

This is the "Seattle Wheel" Ferris wheel at the 2006 Williamson County Fair, but back for the 2017 fair. It is owned and Operated by Drew Operations, but was designed for the 1960's Seattle World's Fair. If you've ever seen video from that world's fair, you've seen one like this before. It is over 90 ft. tall.