Uncle Bob's Travels

Places I've hung out in, sometimes briefly.

Archive for the month “June, 2014”

Cedar Grove Elementary School

As of the date of this entry, Cedar Grove Elementary School, just off  Bloomingdale Pike in Kingsport, is set to be either razed or converted into some sort of factory.  This school is not in Kingsport City Limits, so its eventual fate will be decided in Blountville.  It appears to have been built in the 1950s.
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I think this was the original entrance:
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Watauga Steam Plant

(Many thanks to Pat Bernard Ezzell, Senior Program Manager, Tribal Relations and Corporate History, Tennessee Valley Authority, Knoxville, for extremely valuable information on this steam plant)

This steam plant was constructed in 1921 by the Tennessee Eastern Electric Company (later East Tennessee Light & Power Company).  The plant was acquired in 1940 by TVA (which took over the whole company in 1945) and retired in 1960.  It once had a railroad spur line to bring in coal, but all that’s gone now (the concrete supports are mostly there).  In fact, the thing that caught my attention about it in the first place was the smoke stack.  It looks like someone has been chewing on it.   My buddy checked the topo and found it belonged to the Watauga Steam Plant.  We decided to check it out.  It’s heavily overgrown and has been vandalized, big surprise.  But it’s still impressive for the length of time it’s been inactive.

Here’s the long shot of the deteriorating stack:

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This is the best shot I could get of the exterior:
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These are interior shots:
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An overhead crane still sits in place above the second floor:
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Fairview United Methodist Church

We’ve passed by this church numerous times on the way to the Telford Flea and I’ve always admired the sturdiness of it.  It looks to be a bulwark against just about anything.  It’s on Hwy 81 at the intersection with Leesburg Road in Washington County TN.
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Coldiron and Wallins Creek Post Offices

We’re in Harlan County KY, recording post offices.

First for this day was the Post Office at Coldiron KY.  The first PO here was established in 1928.  Mary Coldiron was the postmistress, but the reference book I use indicates that Coldiron got its name from one Elihu Coldiron, and early settler.
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And here is the Wallins Creek Post Office.  The first PO was set up in 1866.  Wallins Creek, according to the place name book, is named after a pioneer surveyor who was slain by indigenous warriors in this area.
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Harlan KY signs

Both of these signs are in front of Harlan’s impressive courthouse.  The first one reminds us of how chaotic and dangerous it was during the years of the civil war that broke out in the United States in the middle of the 19th century.  “Your burn my courthouse; I’ll burn yours!”
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This plaque shows you how long coal has been hauled out of Harlan County (the date’s hard to read. It’s August 23, 1911):
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Wallins School

This school is still open and has an enthusiastic booster website.
These pictures were taken in early June, 2014, as we rolled through Wallins Creek in Kentucky.
First, the school, then the stone that has been erected outside:

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