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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Monday, December 30, 2013

Perry Co. Courthouse at Night - Linden, TN

Perry Co. Courthouse at Night - Linden, TN

Construction of this courthouse began in 1928 in the Linden town square after the previous courthouse burned down. It cost $47,000 to build.

The courthouse is three stories with a full basement and has a classically-inspired design. The exterior is made of brick and detailed stone with elaborate detail to the stone work around the entrance. Along the top two stories stone quions are built at the corners on the walls as paired pilasters which forms a two story giant order capped by a full emblature.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Joe Rochelle's Used Cars neon sign

Joe Rochelle's Used Cars neon sign

Centerville, TN - along highway TN50/TN48/TN100
The dealership has been out of business for a while.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Kentucky West Tennessee (KWT) Railroad 1809

Kentucky West Tennessee (KWT)  Railroad 1809

Kentucky West Tennessee Railroad is a short line railroad that runs from Murray, KY through Paris, TN to Bruceton, TN where it interchanges with CSX. This photo was taken in Bruceton where there is a major CSX freight yard. KWT was acquired by Genesee & Wyoming in 2005 and this locomotive is painted in their yellow and orange paint scheme. A second line also runs from Dresden to McKenzie.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Bald Eagle!

Bald Eagle!

Not my best photo ever, but how often do you get to see a Bald Eagle?

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Thacker Christmas Inn

Thacker Christmas Inn & Restaurant

Merry Christmas! For this hotel in Caryville, TN, it's Christmas year round. I guess. (The hotel was under renovation with a construction fence completely surrounding the place when I drove through here last fall. Maybe it will be open by now.) Because it was under construction, I drove around the place for 15 minutes until I could find an unobstructed view, which sadly was not on the sunlit side.

I'm guessing it's still going to be a mom & pop owned place and not part of a chain. It's located along old US25W but still in business since it's next to Interstate 75.

Here are a couple of comments from Flickr users who have been here:

My wife and I noticed in Oct. that they were renovating. I can remember years and years ago stopping and having dinner here, but never stayed. I am glad to see someone taking an interest in getting the place up and running again. It had fell into a pretty sad state of disrepair over the last dozen or so years.

My Grandparents and I used to go there about 2 - 3 times a year and dine in their restaurant. It was one of those special times that we'd look forward to for months, and long time still remembered fondly by me.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

A Lynchburg Christmas: at Night

A Lynchburg Christmas 1: at Night

I love what they do at the Courthouse for Christmas, with the lights along the top, electric candlelights in the windows and the wreaths at the doors.

I have a total of 10 photos in the "A Lynchburg Christmas" subset. You can see them all here:

Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas at Centennial Park: Red and Green Parthenon

Christmas at Centennial Park #6: Red and Green Parthenon

Into the 50's, Harvey's Department store used to have a spectacular nativity scene here. I wish I could have seen it.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Bethel Church - Victoria, TN

Bethel Church - Victoria, TN

This is located just off of the Valley View Highway (old TN28) north of Victoria in Marion County. Read this comment left by flickr user timothbholloway:

A man named John Frater built this church for the community of coal miners and farmers. Because coal mining was such a huge industry in the area, an English company bought up mines in the area, and the church bell was donated by Queen Victoria of England. Because of her generosity, the community was renamed Victoria in her honor.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Ghost Mural - Knoxville, TN

The Ghost Mural - Knoxville, TN

Located along the side of the McClung building is a mural easily visible from Interstate 40. There are two things painted along the side of this old warehouse near downtown, and we'll start with the less interesting part.

Philco. Your better buy. Color TV, VCR & Audio. When I hear the name Philco, I think about the 1930's radio owned by my grandfather and passed down through the family. I don't know what became of Philco over the years, but this wall ad for a nearby store that sells VCRs is estimated to date back to 1986-ish. Since it's been over 25 years, what's underneath is starting to show.

Something Groovy is underneath the ad and whatever it is, it's a shame you can't see it anymore. The artwork was commissioned by the World's Fair in 1982. Completed in 1981, it was apparently inspired by the artwork of Peter Max and painted by a UT Professor and student.

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find a vintage pre-philco view of the mural. However, For the full story, read this recent article from Metro Pulse Magazine:

Friday, December 20, 2013

Glasgow, KY Tunnel

Glasgow, KY Tunnel

This tunnel / bridge is Race St. (US 31E) over Water St. One of the things I found interesting about this bridge and tunnel is that it is wide enough for a retail business to be part of the bridge (you can see the back of the two small retail stores here.) I am curious how this came about.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Schuhmann's Click Clinic old sign

Schuhmann's Click Clinic old sign

Schuhman's was a camera store that operated in downtown Louisville for several decades until 2001. When they vacated the property, they left behind two of their neon signs.

I don't know if the sign dates back to when the store opened in 1946, and I also don't know if the style of camera depicted in the image dates back that far. Someday, I need to get me one of these collapsing bellows cameras.

today, the property is a strip club. The sign on the side of the building seen here remains unchanged. However, the sign at the entrance has been redesigned with the club's name in neon.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Old Kentucky State Capitol at Christmas

Old Kentucky State Capitol at Christmas

From Wikipedia:
The Old State Capitol (Kentucky), also known as Old Statehouse, was the third Capitol of Kentucky. The building in Frankfort, Kentucky served as the capitol of the Commonwealth of Kentucky from 1830 to 1910. The building has been restored to its American Civil War era appearance. The Kentucky legislature voted for its construction in 1827. The building was designed in the Greek Revival style by Gideon Shryock, an early Lexington, Kentucky architect. The Old State Capitol was his first building and he was only twenty-five years old. Shryock chose the Greek Revival style to symbolically link Kentucky, a young republic, with ancient Greece, the prototype of popular democratic government. He wanted the front of the building to duplicate the Temple of Minerva Polias at Priene. Greek temples had no windows, therefore the front of the Capitol is devoid of fenestration. Other striking architectural features include a famous self-supporting stone stairway and a domed lantern above it to bring in an abundance of sunlight.

A bitterly contested 1899 state governor election came to a climax when Democratic claimant William Goebel of Covington, Kentucky was assassinated at the capitol on his way to be inaugurated. A plaque reading "William Goebel fell here, Jan. 30th, 1900" exists near the front entrance of the building.

The current Kentucky State Capitol, Kentucky's fourth, was built in 1910. The Old State Capitol has served as the a museum and the home of the Kentucky Historical Society since 1920. The building was designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Cumberland Mountain State Park Stone Arch Bridge

Cumberland Mountain State Park Stone Arch Bridge View #2

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.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Atwood United Methodist Church

Atwood United Methodist Church

This building was built in 1943. Atwood is a small town in Carroll County, TN along US70A/79.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Patagonian Cavy - Montgomery Zoo

Patagonian Cavy - Montgomery Zoo

This is one of those animals that I had never heard of until I saw them at the Montgomery Zoo. Still, I think they're cool rodents.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Atlanta's not-the-offical-Olympic-torch

Atlanta's not-the-offical-Olympic-torch

Everyone remembers the 1996 Olympics were in Atlanta. The Olympic Stadium is now Turner Field, home of the Braves (although only for a couple more years). The official Olympic Torch Tower is just across the parking lot from Turner Field.

And then, there's this. I just assumed this was also an Official Olympic Torch. So did my brother who took me to see this. I would also assume tens of thousands of motorists riding in the passenger seat of northbound traffic of Interstate 75 have photographed it with their smartphones. It's north of Downtown (I guess in Midtown) and really close to Georgia Tech.

So, it's not the official Olympic torch. I did a bit of Internet searching to figure out the who, when and why of this structure, only to have no results. What I did see is that it used to be painted red until a year ago. Today, I had lunch with my best friend from high school who moved to Atlanta and he didn't know who made it either. If you know, please help me out.

From here, my brother took me to see what I now know is the real one, but my picture didn't come out well.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

12 Days of Christmas Quilt

09 TN State Fair #45: 12 Days of Christmas Quilt

Seen at the 2009 Tennessee State Fair in Nashville, this is a blue-ribbon winning First Place Quilt in the Creative Arts building. This quilt represents the 12 Days of Christmas. You may need to view the image at the Original size to see all the detail.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

James K. Polk Motel - Columbia, TN

James K. Polk Motel - Columbia, TN

James K. Polk never slept here.

Located north of the Columbia, TN town square along U.S. Highway 31, this appears to be one of the nicer non-chain motels in the area (but maybe I'm biased since I mostly care about the neon sign).

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Faded SEE ROCK CITY barn

Faded SEE ROCK CITY barn

It's so faded that I had to do a double take to see it myself. the letters are on the left half of the upper portion of the roof. The top line is SEE BEAUTIFUL the next line is a larger ROCK CITY and the last line is ATOP LOOKOUT MT CHATT. TENN. You might need to look at the picture full size to see any of these words. This barn is visible to eastbound traffic along highway 30 between McMinnville and Spencer.

See it on a map here:

This is my second visit to this barn and one of over 80 different Rock City Barns I have photographed and uploaded to Flickr in my Rock City Barns set. People often ask me how I've found so many of them. I have drawn from many resources such as books and web sites and sometimes luck, but there's not really one "go to" place to find them all. Well, now on my website, I have tried to create a one stop source for the locations of all of the barns I've been to. On my Map of Rock City Barns page, I have plotted each barn on a Google Map.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Dixie Cup Water Tower

Dixie Cup Water Tower

The Dixie Company, the best known maker of the 3 oz. paper bathroom cup, moved to this location in Lexington, KY in 1958. Thus, it would make sense that the water tower for their manufacturing facility would be made out of an over-sized Dixie Cup. However, I suspect it's not really an actual Dixie cup, or it would have started leaking in 1959.

As the story goes, when Georgia Pacific purchased Dixie, they wanted to remove their local landmark. However, the nearby airport asked them to keep it standing as the pilots used the landmark as a point of reference. Besides, where are you going to find a bathroom wastebasket big enough to throw it away in?

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Savannah, TN Historic District: Yellow House

Savannah, TN Historic District: Yellow House

The Savannah Historic District is a group of 17 homes that form together to become an entry on the National Register of Historic Places. I didn't get the name or the year of this house. It's at the corner of Church St. and College St.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Nashville's 2010 Christmas Tree & Courthouse

Nashville's 2010 Christmas Tree & Courthouse

Every year, the Christmas Tree is in the Public Square and the Davidson County Courthouse and Public Building is in the background.

For more info on this Courthouse, look here:

Friday, December 6, 2013

Coming down Monteagle in the Fog

Coming down Monteagle in the Fog

Driving I-24 up and down Monteagle makes for some of the trickier interstate driving through the whole country. On this early day, we were going down the east side only to see the whole area covered in fog. On this day, there was fog from here all the way to Chattanooga, but it was never difficult to drive through. It was just neat to see from above.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Hibernating Bat


Illuminated only by the light from the tour guide, this young bat will be here all winter. This was seen on our tour of the Raccoon Mountain Cavern in Chattanooga, TN.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Rotating Train Bridge - Nashville

Rotating Train Bridge - Nashville

There are 15 bridges over the Cumberland River in Nashville. (Long-time Locals: Can you name them?) Of the 15, this one might be the one you are least familiar with. On the south side of the river, it is near the Ted Rhodes gold course near MetroCenter and TSU. The north side is in Bordeaux. This is one of those train bridges that can rotate out of the way in case a tall boat is coming through, and if you look closely, it is open now. It was originally part of the Tennessee Central Railroad mainline from Nashville through Ashland City TN, Clarksville, TN to Hopkinsville, KY. I am guessing it is currently not used much if it is in the permanent open position. Close to the top center, you can see a control station, and a staircase that goes down the left side of it.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Tennessee Mountain Highway - Marion County

Tennessee Mountain Highway - Marion County

This is along highway TN156 which connects Interstate 24 with Nickajack Dam, but to get from one side to the other, the highway has to wind its way up and down this hill. Anywhere there is a break in the trees provides a good view of the Nickajack Lake down below.

Monday, December 2, 2013

2011 Tennessee State Capitol Christmas with Sam Davis Statue

2011 Tennessee State Capitol Christmas with Sam Davis Statue

Sam Davis was nicknamed the Boy Hero of the Confederacy, who's story is well known. He lived in Smyrna, was captured in Minor Hill and executed in Pulaski. In his honor, the state built a statue which resides at the front corner of the Capitol Hill grounds. To see more photos of Sam Davis Landmarks, click here.

The Tennessee State Capitol sits upon Capitol Hill in downtown Nashville. It was designed in a Greek Revival style by prominent architect William Strickland and completed in 1859.

For Christmas, all of the lights along the base of the capitol have added a red tinting which colors most of the building. Only the lights for the cupola have not changed to red, however the lights inside the cupola window are green if you look closely. The Sam Davis statue is lit nightly, and like most metal statues has turned green over the years, which contrasts well with the red illumination of the Capitol.