Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Caney Fork & Western Railroad Bridge

Caney Fork & Western RR bridge
Located in McMinnville, Tennessee over the Barren Fork River. The railroad bridge was built by the Caney Fork & Western Railroad. The dam is a masonry dam built in 1902 for hydroelectric power(the power plant is now abandoned).

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

General J.E.B. Stuart on Monument Ave, Richmond, VA

JEB Stuart
   Located along historic Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia. This sculpture was done by Frederick Moynihan and unveiled to the public in May of 1907.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Armour Meat Packing Plant, East St Louis

Armour Packing Plant-gone
Armour Packing Plant-gone
Armour Packing Plant-gone
Armour Packing Plant-gone
Armour Packing Plant-gone
The Armour Meat Packing Plant was built in 1903 when the company wanted to expand outside of Chicago. There was already a large railroad yard nearby, so a massive complex of stockyards and packing plants grew up in this area north of East St Louis, Illinois. For a number of reasons, the plant shut down in 1959 and sat abandoned for over 60 years.
On April 16, 2016, the plant was imploded. Interstate 70 had been rerouted nearby a few years earlier.
Gone but not forgotten. These photos were taken in March 2011.
--->Link to video of implosion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_-XtxB28tI

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Confederate Monument

Confederate Monument
   This is part of the Confederate Monument at Greenwood Cemetery in Clarksville, Tennessee.

I am going to focus on Civil War sites for awhile, unless I comes across something more interesting in my travels that I want to highlight here. I am hoping to photograph every Civil War soldier monument in Tennessee(not all are Confederates!). If you know of any that are not well known, please let me know where it is!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Research Phase

    I have not posted much lately because I have been more busy in the research portion of my "job". Writing up my own 'book' of interesting things to see in Tennessee, county by county, town by town. Well, interesting by my own personal taste and point of view. Not everyone cares about old buildings or water towers or weird signs. With every find of a hidden gem, I come across major disappointment. There is a Google Street View feature that allows you to sort of "time travel" by looking back in time at previous versions of that street view(if there are any available). And sometimes it is painful to see what is now missing.
   One town I just looked over, their whole downtown area, two blocks of a road along the railroad tracks and a few buildings up the main street, are now all completely gone. How sad is that? To just wipe out any sign that there was ever a town there. It hurts my heart in a way that I am sure most people do not understand. And it is why I photograph places. Because you never know when they will be gone. Because some day, someone like me might come along to research a place and wonder what it looks like-or used to look like. It is a shame when there is no proof that something ever existed.
   I am just sad now. But also bolstered by the places I 'discover' that should be remembered. And I will do my best to remember them.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

No Eggs In Cemetery

No eggs in cemetery
   Easter Egg hunt at outlet mall next to McGavock Cemetery in Wytheville, Virginia.