Uncle Bob's Travels

Places I've hung out in or just neat postcards

Archive for the month “September, 2012”

Post Offices #1

I’ve gotten interested in documenting the small town post  offices(in addition to my new blog Old Biz Signs).  Some of them are probably on uncertain ground, with the USPS tightening its belt.  You can read the signs on the buildings, so I’m not going to messy up the page with any more words.

Bulls Gap TN

Once called Branchville, then Rogersville Junction and, finally, Bulls Gap, after a Mr. Bull who ran a stage through the gap (this is all from the Bulls Gap town website).  As the website notes, the first railroad through here, built by slave labor in 1857, ran from Bristol to Knoxville, with a post-bellum line up to Rogersville.  These lines through here form a wye, with traffic coming out of the Virginia coalfields and heading to various locations.  This is the line that takes a sharp turn north at Mt. Carmel TN, almost seeming to recoil from any CSX traffic, and goes up to Frisco.

Welcome to Bulls Gap:

Next is Bulls Gap Town Hall.  To the right, just out of the picture, is the entrance to a railroad museum, which features a lot of interesting pictures, artifacts, and rail company displays.

And this dilapidated structure used to be a highly-regarded hotel…Gilley’s Hotel.  Next to it was Smith Hotel.  Don’t know a thing about that one.  This, I guess, is why they call this part of Bulls Gap “old town”.

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