Uncle Bob's Travels

Places I've hung out in, sometimes briefly.

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Water Pump

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This is one of many GE water pumps rusting away in the abandoned Carter County Water Works in Elizabethton TN.  This facility shows up on the 1935 topo map of Elizabethton, so that’s a firm date. The Bemberg plant was beginning to produce artificial silk in 1926.  Artificial fiber plants need lots of water, so I think this water works was built originally to provide service to Bemberg and, a year later, to the North American Rayon Corporation.

I was told that this place was abandoned in 1972.

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.

While We’re in Shady Valley

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In Shady Valley, at the intersection of 91/133 and 34, there’s a restaurant/convenience store/gas station that’s popular with the men and women who enjoy biking “The Snake”, a series of tight curves on 91 between Elizabethton and Shady Valley.  These pumps reference that, including renaming the gas types.

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