Uncle Bob's Travels

Places I've hung out in, sometimes briefly.

Flea Traders Paradise

Flea Traders Paradise flea market is on the Winfield Dunn Highway (Highway 66), about 3.5 miles north of Sevierville and 5 miles south of the I-40/Highway 66 junction.  Good variety of vendors and stuff for sale. Can’t miss the sign:

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The main building (wonderfully cool on a hot summer day) has more vendors and, as noted, a restaurant.

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Back to front, the open area:

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A helicopter tour outfit is nearby so you see and hear these all day:

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I-81 Flea Market, Morristown TN

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The overview doesn’t do this flea market justice…it’s spread out a lot more.  The Saturday we were there, it was a hoppin’ place.  A little too loving hands and vegetables for me, though.  From the date marks on two concrete pads for the permanent buildings, it was opened or upgraded in the early ’80s.  Here’s their FB page.

Abandoned, Degraded

Kettle Island, Ky Post office

Digital photo by Lee Stone

Kettle Island KY has had a Post Office since 1912.

Ghak!  That aquarium looks deadly…

Sinking Creek Baptist Church

I can’t find any record on the web concerning the Sands Motel in Pulaski.  Hazel did drive 460 miles, though, before she mailed this.

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The Mill Pond, Burkes Garden, Virginia

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The Mill Pond, Burkes Garden, Virginia
Silverglo, BRISTOL, VA.  6 A 5

This links to the wiki for Burke’s (or Burke) Garden.

This is a Real Photo Postcard printed, I think, by Kelly & Green in Bristol.  It was printed on DOPS paper, which was available from 1925 to 1942.  K&G took most of their scenics before WWII.  I would say a date of late 30s would be good for this picture.

Cox Mill

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This is Cox Mill or H. L. Cox Mill, a pastiche of old, 19th century, and newer, 20th century, pieces.  Parts of the foundation look old, with a worn grinding stone embedded in one area of the stonework.  It’s in Scott County on Hwy. 619 (Alley Valley Road) about a quarter mile north of the intersection with 664.

I have read that the big wheel came from a mill further up Alley Valley Road, so the millstone may also have come from there.  In 1973, this mill was listed as in operation, with the owner, a Cox, living there.  It’s hard to see in this picture, but on the building side of the big wheel is a smaller, geared wheel that appears to have been the one that sources note as proving electricity to the home.

The place is totally abandoned and trashed.  A shame, really, since the home must have been comfortable; albeit damp…and cold as Great Claus’s nose in the winter.

Dickenson County VA

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If possible, I always read these signs.  This one got me because I was intrigued that the writer described W.J. Dickenson (who otherwise remains shadowy on the net) as a “prominent public man”.  He actually served as a delegate to the Virginia General Assembly in terms from 1854 to 1882.  He sponsored the bill to establish Dickenson as Virginia’s 100th county and to name it (blush) in honor of himself.

Thing on 17th Street

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This is on 17th Street in Bristol.  I don’t have any idea of what it represents.

Bristol VA, Two Hotels

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This one is the older of the two, built, according to a Bud Phillips article in a 2105 issue of the Bristol Herald Courier, in 1910-12.  The card was printed in 1950.

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This card was also printed in 1950.  The article mentioned above states that this hotel was built in the 1920s.

Coincidentally, both hotels went away in the 70s.  Hotel Bristol, abandoned by then, burned down.  The Shelby was demolished.

A couple of notes: The sign “Hotel Bristol” has been enhanced by a retoucher, as has the sign for the Shelby.  All the windows have shades.  All are exactly at exactly the same level.  Retouching, again, I’m sure.

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.

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