My day to post post offices. This is the Erwin TN (Unicoi County) Post Office. Erwin started out as Ervin, but things went a little wrong somewhere. Yeah, this is where the poor elephant was hanged. Cruelty to animals writ large.
Erwin was home to a famous pottery plant and also to the Clinchfield Railroad, after George Carter decamped in a snit from Johnson City. Erwin also has a lovely Linear Trail that makes for a pleasant bike ride.
Mt. Carmel, pronounced Mount KAR-mul, in Hawkins County, has the distinction of once being the only city in the United States to be totally located on one side of the road. It is also has the only city website I’ve ever visited that features two html links to Japanese websites on its home page. Figure that one out!
Well, what’s left of the coke ovens, that is. There are about 60 here now, out of at most 300 in the heyday of this place in Wise County VA. This was a very busy place between 1920 or so and some time in the mid ’80s.
This was an elementary school, West Norton School, just outside Norton VA at Dorchester Junction (at the intersection of Kent Junction Road – Hwy 23 – and Junction Road. I don’t have much more information on the school, except that there was a church behind it at one time. Just to the right, over Hwy 23, was where the Interstate Railroad had a cross junction with the L&N. I understand it took careful coordination to avoid collisions.
Admittedly, I don’t know a lot about fire trucks, but I take pictures of them whenever I run across them. We were coming back from a long, tiring day of scrabbling up hillsides tracking down old coal mines in Kentucky when my buddy noticed all these trucks parked at the Jasper Volunteer Fire Department in Virginia. As it turned out, the VFD was having training and had all their trucks out in the sun.
And thanks to all the men of the Volunteer Fire Dept. They’d had a long day, but took time to talk with us.