Uncle Bob's Travels

Places I've hung out in, sometimes briefly.

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Mason-Dorton School


This is the Mason-Dorton School in Russell County VA, on 606 between Nickelsville and Dickensonville.  It was built in 1885 and closed in 1958.  It’s on the National Register of Historic Places.  The plaque is on the other side, which only has a door, no windows.

Laurel Bed Lake

Laurel Bed Lake, in Russell County VA:

The earthen dam (at 36.954461, -81.813218), off in the distance here (you’ll get to see it closeup just in a minute), was piled up 1967 to create a 330-acre lake at around 3540′ above sea level.  We got here by coming through Saltville on 813 up to Allison Gap and following the road to a right turn on 747.  This devolves into a more-or-less one-lane gravel road (note: as of early August, 2012, a new bridge on this road was about halfway completed) that seemingly goes on FOREVER until you glance over and, ha!, the lake.  There are no direction signs in the area around the lake, but it you turn left and go over a well-made bridge over a creek, you’ll either hit a boat ramp area, or you’ll get to the dam.   Here’s the dam, by the way:

Google Earth shows the water is higher than the dam, for some reason.  That annoys me, but nothing is perfect.
The Sunday we were there, I counted five fishermen.  That’s one fisherman for every 66 acres of lake.  Here, a man or woman can stretch out when fishing.

Here’s looking at you, lake, from the dam.  It’s a peaceful place. Until more people and their unwanted trash come to visit.  The people leave, the trash stays.

Sun VA

Sun VA, otherwise known as a wide spot in the road (it’s not even noted on the official map of Russell County), is located at 36.941755, -82.285694, that’s on Hwy 63 about halfway between St. Paul and Dante.  There’s a standard green sign with white letters just before you get to it…
Because of the building right beside the road (you can see it clearly on Google Earth) with dozens of old appliances lying about in front, we always called this “Refrigerator Heaven”.  I’ve done a cursory scan for information about Sun, but still haven’t found out much.  It’s right by the active CSX line (just about a half mile back toward St. Paul is where we stumbled across the two badly damaged CSX locomotives that were on a side track and totally without any security…first time I’d actually ever seen inside a locomotive control room.) and could have been associated with the line in the past.  I don’t know.  Do you?  I will appreciate any information and post it here so others may be enlightened, too, as they travel on 63 between St. Paul and Dante.
Here’s the downtown (looking northward).  The building on the left appears to be abandoned:

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