Uncle Bob's Travels

Places I've hung out in, sometimes briefly.

Southwest Virginia 4-H Center

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This was in 1962.

Pennington Gap VA

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There is only printer information on the backs of these standard post cards.  The top card, printed by Artvue (still in business in New York), has the date AUG 29 1949 stamped on the back (looks like a rubber stamp dater).  The other two, by Dexter Press in Pearl River NY, date to the mid-40s, based on similar postmarked cards from Dexter I have in my collection.

The Parkway

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This is in West Jefferson NC.  The classic design, a complete remodel, was completed in 1978.  It’s still very much in business.

Greeneville, Again

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A venerable organization founded in 1950 (the same year George Clem school opened) and incorporated in 1951.  The incorporation is now listed as “inactive”.

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This is also on Davis Street.

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I like Doors With Character.  This one is on Summer Street.newburley

This is actually a very large building. This is just the frontage on Summer Street.  You don’t see many of these around anymore still bearing the “tobacco whse.” sign, but Greeneville had them thick on the ground in the last century.

The Ritz Theatre

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Clinton TN.  Read all about it here.  Fine building!

Cow Tanks

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These contain milk for Ashe County Cheese , Inc., in West Jefferson NC.  I wanted to try some of their cheese, but the town was having an outdoor antique show the day I went and the retail outlet for the cheese was absolutely jam packed.  I am calm and I am patient, but I wasn’t going to wait that long to secure some cheese when a rain storm was coming up and I had to walk back to the car.  Maybe the next time I’m in West Jefferson (muffled laughter off)…

Asheville Outdoor Art

These are a sampling of some of the incredible outdoor art/murals/graffiti we ambled through, amazed at the quality of the work.  We were in the River Arts District off Lyman into the area around Old Lyman and Foundry Streets, where a dozen or so old buildings are almost completely covered with artwork.  Some, like the Homer one below, speak of much planning and expertise.  This stuff isn’t Banksy, but it’s choice.  Hats off to these artists!

If any of these artists would like credit for their work, comment me and I’ll add it to this page.

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.

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