Uncle Bob's Travels

Places I've hung out in or just neat postcards

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Mail? Not!


The former Post Office for the unincorporated community of Holmes Mill in Harlan County KY.  A local told us it was shut down about four years ago.  This is on Hwy. 38, west of the large, and dormant, Jericoal complex nearer the Lee County VA line.

Reed’s Mine Tipple


This amazing, hand-built wooden tipple is at 36.824822, -82.99707, in Lee County VA.  It’s on Reeds Creek Road (766), off 606.
By luck, the two Reed sons drove by and stopped as we were leaving.  We got to talking and they told us the tipple was built by their father in 1945.  He hauled the support poles from a wooded area a mile or so down the road.  Hauled them using mules, according the sons.  There was a short tram line that ran from one of the mines a short way up the valley to the top of the tipple (one of the tram cars is still parked in the upper tipple level – you can’t see it…the shadow up there is from a Holland hay baler that’s also parked there).  The other mine was across the road.

The mine and tipple were in operation until 1971, when the productive coal ran out.

Robbins Chapel School


This is in Lee County VA, just off Hwy 766 (36.83452, -82.97876).  It’s on private property and is derelict.  There was an earlier Robbins Chapel School.  There’s a picture of it on this webpage.  This structure looks to be from the 50s.
The real Robbins Chapel is near here, on Hwy 606.  Nearest town is Keokee.

Blackwater VA Post Office


Blackwater VA, 24221.  Just over Newman’s Ridge from Sneedville TN.   Want to know more about this community?  Wiki has an entry, sort of.


Blackwater High School

My buddy had spotted about 20 schools on the topo maps of Hawkins and Hancock Counties in Tennessee and Lee County in Virginia. Recently, we drove a long, looping tour that took us to each of them…some were long gone, some in really bad shape and some were just fine, as is this smart looking school on the A .J. Osborne Highway near Blackwater VA.  Indeed, it is Blackwater High School, opened in 1925 and closed in 1971.  Here’s a website that takes a look at Blackwater VA and its colorful history.
However, as I closely looked at the school building I noticed those two vents below the windows.  I saw this:

“VSBE”?  I had to wait until I got back to find out what it means: Virginia State Board of Education.
As long as that building survives, it will always tell those who closely look that it was once a school.

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