Uncle Bob's Travels

Places I've hung out in, sometimes briefly.

Sexco!

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This is in Eastern Kentucky, west of Whitesburg.  There were several trucks there with this company name on them.  “Sexco” used to be a trademark of a telecommunications company, a provider of dial-up equipment, but the mark was abandoned in 2001.  Guess what the name is used for now.  Time’s up.  You got it.

Dixie Tannery/Columbian Paper Mill

Recently, my buddy and I were allowed to take pictures at the sites of Dixie Tannery and Columbian Paper Company in Bristol.  Dixie Tannery got its start around 1894 and Columbian Paper Company arose in the 1900-1901 time period.  Both were hot numbers, in their times.  Dixie Tannery went under in 1952; Columbian Paper Company, which had been sold first to Mead Paper Company, then moved over to the Wheelwright Company, went on for a few more years.

Before WWI, many of the better postcards were litho printed in Germany.  The Dixie Tannery card, which had a “Made in Germany” line on the back (it’s postally unused), still bothers me.  It looks too new to be over a century old, but, otherwise, looks authentic.

The Columbian Paper postcard reeks of authenticity.  It’s postmarked November, 1914. The card itself dates to around 1910.

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Here’s part of Dixie Tannery today:
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This is what’s left of Columbian Paper Company.  The stack is still complete, the structure to the left is a 1931 railroad access ramp at the end of a spur.  The gray unit in the background isn’t part of this complex.

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Heading up to Uz?

Turn here:

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Interesting story, Uz.  Pronounced: “you-zee”.  Rennick says in Kentucky Place Names that the Louisville & Nashville railroad was having such a time acquiring the right of way from obstinate landowners that they decided to name the station Uz, after the Land of Uz, where Job endured such difficulties. Don’t look too hard for Uz, though.  It’s mostly not there anymore.  You can still see the foundations of the old freight station, if you look hard enough…

Snow on the Mountain (Who Shot Sam?)

Sorry for the title…that reference to an old George Jones song just crept in.


This is up near the top of Powell Mountain on the Orbie Cantrell Highway (U.S. 23) on November 19.  The overlook is just behind me.  That’s snow blowing in over the mountain.  It wasn’t a significant snowfall, just flurries, but it was the first I’d seen this season.

On the French Broad…River, of course.

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This is in Madison County NC.

On the Way to Raccoon KY

“If you’re traveling to the North Country Fair…”, or if you happen to be driving up to Raccoon KY, you might see this sign:

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Indian Mountain Trade Center

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This is just past Wise on the Orby Cantrell (US Rt. 23…keep going north and you wind up in Mackinaw City MI).
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On warm weekends, this place is hoppin’.  Take care in the parking lots, though, they’re totally free form.

It’s a fun place to visit if you like to watch people. There’s a bunch of them strolling slowly through the lines of vendors.  The things I’ve seen…doctor my eyes…

Weber City VA Tobacco Warehouses

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This is on Jennings Street in Weber City VA.  This sign is not going to fall over anytime soon.

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And this, taken from further down the row of warehouses, was where all the action took place when tobacco was big business.

 

Diamond G

Diamond G Fabrics (along with Diamond G Farm and Diamond G Aviation, and, maybe, others) were all established by the Austin family of Greeneville TN.  This family kick-started the rise of Greeneville to being, at one time, one of the largest tobacco markets in the nation.  Apparently, Clyde Austin was quite the businessman.  And many thanks to the antique dealer in Greeneville who gave me this card.  The Diamond G logo can be seen above the “AUSTIN” on at least two prominent brick smokestacks in the downtown area.

Nolichucky Dam Today

Taken 9/2/17.  It was overcast and drizzling, but the water coming down the front of the dam looked like snow.  I took this picture from the middle of the 2005 bridge.  The earlier bridge, built in 1937, about 10 years before this dam was constructed, was named in honor of  Oscar Byrd Lovette – lawyer, Republican, banker – who defeated Carroll Reece in 1930 for the 1st District seat in the U. S. Congress.  Reece came back to defeat Lovette in 1933.
The place where the earlier picture was taken is no longer accessible.

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