Uncle Bob's Travels

Places I've hung out in, sometimes briefly.

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Excellent Map Site

If you are able to read topographic (USGS) maps, you might enjoy this site.  It has topos dating back to the 30s. And, if you’re a map rat like me, this is a delightfully time-consuming site.

http://www.oldmapsonline.org/

 

Norris Dam

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“571:-T. V. A. Proposed Norris Dam and Lake on Clinch River, Tennessee”
This is an Asheville Post Card issue that was developed from a TVA pre-construction drawing of Norris Dam.  Norris was built between 1933 and 1936.  If you go to Google Earth and enter “Norris Dam” you’ll see that the finished dam looks pretty much like this.  Not bad for nearly 80 years.
However, this is what makes this card interesting:
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This is an RPO, a railroad post office, processed card.  In the round postmark: CIN. & CHAT. TR 43 APR 23 1935
In the blue inscription:
T. V. A. NORRIS DAM AND LAKE ON CLINCH RIVER
The proposed Norris Dam project is being built by the Tennessee Valley Authority (T.V.A.) and is to be the center of the power development of the South by the U.S.  It is located on Clinch River in Tennessee, just below the point where Cove Creek joins, therefore was originally known as Cove Creek Dam.  The dam proper of reinforced concrete will be almost 250 ft. high and 1800 ft. wide.  The estimated cost is thirty-five million dollars and will take approximately three years to complete it.  The lake will flood around 80 sq. miles of land and will have a shore line of over 800 miles.

In the message area:

6:00 P.M.
Danville KY
Still going strong.  Bill

Addressed to:

Ota Looney
Route 9
Greeneville Tenn

Apparently, Asheville Post Card Company’s slogan in the 30s was “In the Heart of the Blue Ridge”.  It’s in the blue circle to bottom left.
The blue circle on the right is a union designator, I think.  I dislike being vague, but I can’t tie this down to any specific thing…in the past, I’ve seen symbols in this area that clearly were union originated.

 

Greetings from Oak Ridge

This is from 1950, published by Curt Teich & Co., Inc,. Chicago, U.S.A.  There are nine views.  On the reverse are general area scenic views.

My dad once worked at Oak Ridge, well after these pictures were taken.  I can barely recall seeing this town when we’d drive down from Morristown to pick dad up for the weekend.

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Black Mountain Kentucky strip mine

We were heading up Black Mountain in Kentucky when we looked back and saw this.  It’s a small part of a very large strip mine that’s taking down that ridge of Black Mountain.  There’re good feelings and bad feelings about strip mines.  I say that Gaia has a long memory.

Uncle Bob starts a new blog

I don’t travel far and I don’t travel wide(ly), but my buddy and I have traversed a lot of landscape in Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia and, to a lesser degree, Western North Carolina.  I take a lot of pictures, since my main interests are railroad tunnels and bridges.  I’ve also documented many of the places I’ve been.  This blog is here to share those.
First up: Grassy Trail Bald (or Grassy Ridge Bald) on the Roan Massif.  You park at Carver Gap, then walk up to Round Bald, then past Engine Gap (once, long ago, there was a machine here that hoisted timber that was efficiently clear cut on Tennessee side of the mountain over to the North Carolina side for processing) and up to Jane Bald.  You’ll see the Appalachian Trail here, but veer off and head up to Grassy Trail Bald.  6100′ up and on a reasonably clear day, the view is terrific.  I love that place.

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