Dixie Tannery/Columbian Paper Mill
Recently, my buddy and I were allowed to take pictures at the sites of Dixie Tannery and Columbian Paper Company in Bristol. Dixie Tannery got its start around 1894 and Columbian Paper Company arose in the 1900-1901 time period. Both were hot numbers, in their times. Dixie Tannery went under in 1952; Columbian Paper Company, which had been sold first to Mead Paper Company, then moved over to the Wheelwright Company, went on for a few more years.
Before WWI, many of the better postcards were litho printed in Germany. The Dixie Tannery card, which had a “Made in Germany” line on the back (it’s postally unused), still bothers me. It looks too new to be over a century old, but, otherwise, looks authentic.
The Columbian Paper postcard reeks of authenticity. It’s postmarked November, 1914. The card itself dates to around 1910.
Here’s part of Dixie Tannery today:
This is what’s left of Columbian Paper Company. The stack is still complete, the structure to the left is a 1931 railroad access ramp at the end of a spur. The gray unit in the background isn’t part of this complex.