Uncle Bob's Travels

Places I've hung out in, sometimes briefly.

Archive for the category “Photography by Bob Lawrence”

The Magic

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The Magic Theatre in Barbourville KY.  There’s an article about it here.

Chuckey TN Old Bank Building

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This 1920 building (36.212198, -82.687186)  was originally a bank.  It sits on Chuckey Pike where it crosses the railroad tracks.  The original train depot, now in Jonesborough, was located just across the tracks.  According to a local, the rumor was that the owners of the bank faked a robbery and absconded with the institution’s accumulated wealth.  Comments welcome on this (and any post).  It may have functioned as a post office, also.

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The original safe is still there, along with a bunch of stuff apparently left over from a rummage sale.

Also across the tracks from this building was once located a “birth to death” store…it had everything you’d need from birth to death (like the Big Store in Kingsport TN).  It’s totally gone now.

Unnamed #5

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“Unnamed #5” was an access road to the original Galloway Mill in Sullivan County TN.  The mill is a goner, but the dam and part of the mill race are extant.  You can go to Google Earth and find it at 872 Old Beaver Creek Rd, 37618 Bluff City, United States.

The building on site now is, or was, Galloway Mills.  The business didn’t look like it was active, but all listings I found on the web seem to indicate it is.

Fly in Style!

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This outfit flew down to the Caribbean from 1966 with DC-7s, then upgraded to these 720s around 1973. Later they became Independent Air.

The Barter

This postcard shows the Barter Theatre as it was in the early 1950s, according to the Curt Teich plate dating system.  Published by Bristol News Agency.

Oh…if they…could only…see…me…now!
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Flea Traders Paradise

Flea Traders Paradise flea market is on the Winfield Dunn Highway (Highway 66), about 3.5 miles north of Sevierville and 5 miles south of the I-40/Highway 66 junction.  Good variety of vendors and stuff for sale. Can’t miss the sign:

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The main building (wonderfully cool on a hot summer day) has more vendors and, as noted, a restaurant.

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Back to front, the open area:

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A helicopter tour outfit is nearby so you see and hear these all day:

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I-81 Flea Market, Morristown TN

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The overview doesn’t do this flea market justice…it’s spread out a lot more.  The Saturday we were there, it was a hoppin’ place.  A little too loving hands and vegetables for me, though.  From the date marks on two concrete pads for the permanent buildings, it was opened or upgraded in the early ’80s.  Here’s their FB page.

Abandoned, Degraded

Kettle Island, Ky Post office

Digital photo by Lee Stone

Kettle Island KY has had a Post Office since 1912.

Ghak!  That aquarium looks deadly…

Sinking Creek Baptist Church

I can’t find any record on the web concerning the Sands Motel in Pulaski.  Hazel did drive 460 miles, though, before she mailed this.

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The Mill Pond, Burkes Garden, Virginia

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The Mill Pond, Burkes Garden, Virginia
Silverglo, BRISTOL, VA.  6 A 5

This links to the wiki for Burke’s (or Burke) Garden.

This is a Real Photo Postcard printed, I think, by Kelly & Green in Bristol.  It was printed on DOPS paper, which was available from 1925 to 1942.  K&G took most of their scenics before WWII.  I would say a date of late 30s would be good for this picture.

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