Uncle Bob's Travels

Places I've hung out in or just neat postcards

Archive for the month “February, 2016”

Rainbow Autel



This is called a “pre-1980” view of the Rainbow.  This building replaced an earlier bide-a-wee that had a swooping rainbow sign out front.  I know the Rainbow Autel was here on the Robert E. Lee Highway (Highway 11) in Wise County at Chilhowie in the late 60s, because I would see it as I passed by in a Greyhound bus on the way to Roanoke to visit my brother.  The “autel” caught my attention (I don’t remember anything else about it).  There’s also a public record of an ad placed for the autel in a 1963 Marion (VA)  school yearbook.  I can’t track it back earlier than that with regular internet resources.
By the way, the owners of the Rainbow Autel, when it incorporated in 1972, were Sturgills.  Neither was O.V. Sturgill, but he lived in the area.

On the back:
Rainbow Autel – Restaurant

U.S. Hwy. 11 – Hwy. 107 – Interstate 81 – Exit 13

30 units – Air Conditioned – Cable TV. Russell Stovers Candies.  Heated Pool. Restaurant Connected.  Private Dining Room

American Express, Diners’ Club, NRA, VRA

Phone Area Code 703-646-8411 or 703-646-8462

(vertical: Pub. by Larry D. Webster, Box 14, Abingdon, Va, 24210)

Made by Dexter Press, Inc. West Nyac, New York

Plate 45944-C

Old Company Store


This neglected building was once the company store for the Cornett-Lewis Coal Company in Louellen KY.  You have to give it to the coal companies, when they built for business or for municipal favor, they built strong.

Brookside KY


This was the Post Office at Brookside KY.  According to Rennick’s “Kentucky Place Names”, the first Post Office in Brookside was established in 1930, with the earlier (1892) Ages Post Office just 1,200 feet away (the closest two Post Offices in the U.S.).  Brookside was a result of Eastover Mining Company’s operations in this area.    It’s all called Ages Brookside now, with Ages as the actual residential area.  Only the Manalapan Mining company, or the remnants thereof, remain in this area.

This was apparently the company headquarters.  The far end is the older of these two joined buildings, which may have been built by Eastover.  The company is bankrupt.  Up above this is a gated area where the actual mining operation was.

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