Uncle Bob's Travels

Places I've hung out in, sometimes briefly.

Archive for the month “November, 2015”

Louisiana Pacific Dungannon

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My buddy and I had driven past this great barn of an abandoned plant several times before we decided to figure out what it had been (asking someone is no fun).  So, we stopped and walked in.  I quickly learned from an old safety inspection certificate on a wall that this had been a Louisiana Pacific plant with headquarters in Portland OR (it’s now headquartered in Nashville).  Not knowing at the time what took place at the plant, we were perplexed at the great size of the building, the water pits inside and a railroad siding that, on Google Earth, shows train cars loaded with logs lined up outside.
Here’s what I found out: the plant was built in 1986 to make plywood and pressed wood products for the building industry.  For some reason (I found the official news release from the company, which stated oversupply of product in the marketplace and outdated equipment at the facility as the reasons), it closed down completely in 1996.
The water pits were used to soak logs before they were processed. The plant was big because they, basically, worked with trees.  I don’t know what happened to the rail cars of logs.  The plant was already closed when the satellite shot was taken, so I suppose someone finally came and hauled them off.

Theatre from Mars

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Mars Hill NC, that is.  Interesting town.  The University there is Civil War-era.  Tell  your friends that you’ve been to Mars.  If they don’t already suspect that…

Boone Dam TN

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Boone Dam, when it was pristine shortly after its completion.
On the back:
It was mailed from Kingsport on July 1, 1964, to a couple in Albany NY.  “Having a wonderful trip”
Inscription on back:
BOONE DAM and LAKE, located in the Tri-City area of Bristol, Kingsport and Johnson City, Tenn,. is on the south fork of the Holston River in Sullivan and Washington Counties.  Completed December 5, 1953 at a cost of $27,285,000.00. Boone Dam is 160 feet high and 1, 532 feet long, just one of several such T.V.A. Dams throughout Tennessee.

Aerial Photography by Joyce L. Haynes

Published by Haynes Distributing Co., 2930 Fleetwood Ave., S.W., Roanoke, Va.
Plate #63780-B

Greetings from Gate City Virginia

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This is one of Asheville Post Card Company’s generic “Greetings from ____ Virginia” cards.
The “Gate City” is obviously an overprint.  Generally, “greetings from” cards are called “grts” in the trade.
On the back:
Nickname – Old Dominion
1940 Population – 2,677,773 (it’s about 8,000,000 now)
Area in Sq. Miles – 42,627 (it’s listed at 42,775 in 2015)
Entered the Union, June 25, 1788

Plate #72220

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