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Places I've hung out in, sometimes briefly.

Archive for the month “December, 2016”

Dale Neely Bridge

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This card took me a couple of hours to sort out.  I first learned that this bridge, over Watauga Lake, has been known as Butler Memorial Bridge since before 1960 (the earliest topo map I could find).  However, when the picture of this bridge was taken, in 1949 probably* the bridge was called the Dale Neely Bridge, named for the Dale Neely Branch near its southern abutment.  Note that the card refers to it as “Dale-Neely”, as if it were named for two people.  That’s not uncommon.  Asheville Post Card Company called the library in Johnson City the “Mayne-Williams” library.

Watauga Dam was completed in 1948 and this bridge was constructed in 1948.  “Dale Neely” was either a provisional name, or possibly the name of the lower bridge that this one replaced, which was later quietly brushed aside to provide a memorial for the town of Butler, lo, these many years beneath the waters of the lake.   Everything you would ever want to know about this bridge is here.

*The card was printed by Curt Teich in Chicago.  Its inventory number is OC-H449. “OC” indicates 1950 as the year of its printing.

Island View, Bluff City

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Interesting card.  It was mailed in Bluff City September 5, 1907 at 10:00 am and arrived in Elizabethton the same day at 3:00 pm.  10 miles in 5 hours.  Today, the postcard would go through Knoxville and take, maybe, 24 hours to get to its destination.  Because progress.

It’s a lithograph printed in Germany, as were most of the better postcards before the beginning of WWI, and was distributed by Souvenir Post Card Company in New York, NY.  The company went under the Souvenir name from 1905 to 1914, so this is an early issue.

I don’t know when the island became “Island Park”.  On the 1935 USGS topo map, it carries that name, with the bridge in the same place.  There was a race track there for a couple of years after WWII.  Well, nearly any town or city worth its salt had a race track around that time…

This photograph was taken on a very cold winter day.  There’s snow on the ground and you can see reflections on the ice on the river.  There’s also a small house a little above middle left, under the two fir trees.
My thought is that the Island of the title is on the right with just the tip of it showing.  The view is due east, as far as I can tell.  This is the original, non-dammed, dangerous Holston River.

I don’t know the significance of the bee that’s shown in the “C” of PostCard.  I’ll keep looking.

The Happy Post Office

Happy KY, that is:

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It’s on Highway 15, west of Scuddy in Perry County (named for the illustrious 19th century naval commander Oliver Hazard Perry.  Trivia question: how do you think Hazard KY – Perry County, also – got its name?)(“Oliver” must have already been taken)

Marshall NC

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Looks Alpine, doesn’t it?  However, as the title of this post suggests, it’s in Marshall NC.  We often wonder about living in a house that close to an active rail line.  Besides the noise, those big trains cause a lot of ground vibration.  Maybe you get used to it.

The first 11 years of my life were spent in a home across from a switch yard on East Main Street in Morristown TN.    Visitors would ask, “How do you stand the noise?” and we’d say, “What noise?”

53 Years Ago

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“Aerial View -East Tennessee State College, Johnson City, Tenn” (in Brushscript typeface, no less)
Someone penned in the date 10, 4, 1964 on the back.  That’s more than likely when this card was acquired.  I suspect the picture was taken in 1963, given the turnaround time it took then to get a postcard printed and back in the hands of the local outlets.

It was sold by Haynes Distributing of Roanoke (Dexter printed it).  Most of the cards I see from Haynes show Joyce L. Haynes as the photographer, but this one was taken by their other salesperson in this area, C. H. Ruth.

I was over at ETSU the other month and happened to be an area where I was pretty close to that old chimney.  I got a real rush of nostalgia recalling standing in the more-or-less same spot when I was, maybe, 16 years old, listening to my older brother, who was attending ETSC at the time.  He was telling me that TruAde was better for me than Coca-Cola because it had less sugar.  It actually didn’t, but I still thought it was gross.

He was a great guy.  I miss him.

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