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Sunday, May 2, 2021

Video: Scenic Old Roads of Chattanooga #1 - Signal Mountain's W Road

This video is the first in a series of dashcam videos driving the scenic and historic mountain roads in the Chattanooga Area. The W road is an old road which ascends the side of Walden's Ridge in the Signal Mountain area of Chattanooga. It gets it's name from the W shape of three hairpin turns near the top. The road was first created in 1873, was widened in 1927 and is virtually unchanged since 1940. The historic stone guardrails can be seen at 5:15 in the video. The "W" hairpin turns begins at 5:50. The photo in the thumbnail is from the Library of Congress and was taken in 1907.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Texas Troubadour Theater - Nashville

Texas Troubadour Theater - Nashville

For several decades the popular Grand Ole Opry was broadcast from Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville on Saturday Evenings. Soon afterwards, WSM started a follow up show a block away at the Ernest Tubb Record Shop. The Midnite Jamboree would feature up-and-coming country artists, and really start at Midnite.

Then, the Grand ole Opry moved out to Opryland, and the tourist area that sprang up around it became Music Valley. Ernest Tubb Record Shop followed the Opry out here with shop #2 and their adjoining theater at Music Valley Village. (Tubb was nicknamed the Texas Troubadour.) For good measure, this country music venue doubles as the Nashville Cowboy Church on Sunday mornings.