Chapman Restaurant

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I can’t find definitive dates for this former restaurant.  I know it must post-date Norris Lake, impounded in 1936.  (There are a blue bazillion post cards of Norris Lake, since it was the biggest thing to hit this part of East Tennessee since the Civil War.)  There’s an old 50s-style Dexter Press post card I’ve seen on the web of this restaurant in what was then known as Lake City.  The town is now proudly known at Rocky Top, except to the Post Office, where it’s still Lake City.

 

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Welch WVA #1

Photos courtesy Lee Stone

My buddy recently took a side trip to Welch WVA to scout the area for old coal towns and mines that interest him.  Knowing of my interest in old business signs, he obligingly took quite a few pictures of ones he saw.  This town, as it was years ago, is vividly described in “The Glass Castle“, by Jeanette Walls.

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Really nice old paintup.  Other postings on Pinterest indicate it’s been closed for a long while.  No information available on the web that I can find…yet.

raymonds

It’s hard to read, across the building, under the Raymond’s sign, in the concrete, it reads 19 ODD FELLOWS TEMPLE 28.

More to come.

Bernard’s Barn Sign

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Just southeast of the junction of Hwy 208 and 212 up from Hot Springs NC is this great old barn sign.  The barn is slowly collapsing, as you may have noticed. My buddy saw this on a motorcycle ride recently and we added it to our Mars Hill – Weaverville – Marshall run this weekend. Location is 35.934530, -82.742141
The sign:

SELL  YOUR TOBACCO ON
(?) BIG (?) MARKET (?)
BARNARDS’S 4 BIG (?)
BERNARD NO 1 & 2  FARMERS (?) BETTER
(LAST LINER UNREADABLE)