Uncle Bob's Travels

Places I've hung out in, sometimes briefly.

Archive for the month “January, 2016”

Along the Chapman Highway

A couple of former resting places:
seymour
This is, of course, in Seymour TN.  Appears to be a motel from the 50s.
parkwayhotel
The erstwhile Parkway Hotel, just outside metro Knoxville.  The guy who runs the pawn shop down the way told me that this hotel was a quite nice establishment back in the 50s.  Restaurant, ballroom, strange looking windows, everything.  It’s now apparently derelict.  The “Good Food” sign is from a more recent restaurant.

 

Closplint KY

closplintpo

Well, the Post Office at Closplint, anyway.  Here’s the story: in 1926 Clover Splint Coal Company started a mining operation in this area and named the nascent town Clover Splint.  When the Postal Service decided to set up an office here in 1928, they thought that Clover Splint was a little too long for their taste, so they shortened it down to Closplint.  “Splint” is a type of hard, bituminous coal that burns at a high temperature.  You can’t make coke from it, though. Any kind of coke.

“Highsplint” is just a hop, skip and a jump away.  So’s Louellen and Louellen Lake.  More on those later.

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