Uncle Bob's Travels

Places I've hung out in or just neat postcards

Phipps Bend, Hawkins County

Hawkins County was going to get a nuclear power plant back in the 1970s, but various factors killed the project and it was abandoned in 1981.  The first picture is of of the empty power plant, which is securely gated off, but the huge ring structure in the next picture, which maybe began as a support for a cooling tower, is just sitting out in a field.  You can clearly see it on Google Earth at 36.463443, -82.803570.  From the highway, on a foggy morning, it looks otherworldly.  The “Slow Danger” sign was on a road in the complex, which is now an industrial park.  Slow danger.  Okay, but look out for the fast danger…

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