Counts Drug Store


Nice neon on this period drug store, now repurposed…in Wytheville VA.


Volunteer Speedway

The bogie and the landing gear have been removed from this trailer.  It sits, rusting away, near Kingsport Speedway, off John B. Dennis Highway.

Kingsport Speedway dates from 1965, but Volunteer Speedway, in Bulls Gap, had its first race in 1974.

Both are still very much in business.

Clover Fork

This is not an old sign, but it’s a well done mosaic business sign in Evarts KY.  Thought you’d like to see it.

The Clover Fork meets up with Martin’s Fork at Harlan to kick-start the Cumberland River.  The meet-up is north of Harlan now, since everything was rerouted by the Army Corps of Engineers  (finished up in 1989) to relieve Harlan of the occasional inundation.

Martin Brothers Elastic Webs


What a great name.  Plant #1 is just a few blocks away on this street, 17th Street, in Middlesboro KY.  In its prime, the company had three plants in the city.  It was established here in 1929.

Below the name:

“For 4 generations the name Martin has stood for the best in elastic webbing”

And, no, the plant did not employ thousands of elastic spiders…