A Remnant?

long island

Driving down Jared Drive a couple of weeks ago, I saw this light blue house sitting quietly (and probably nearly invisible in summer) amongst the mass of Eastman.  There used to be a thriving and notorious community on Long Island.  I wonder if this is the last remnant of that neighborhood.

My dad was a taxi driver for a while.  He never liked having to go to Long Island at night.  He did, though, and lived into his seventies with nary a bullet hole visible.

The 50th


I stumbled across this recently in one of the old stuff malls.  This is the 50th anniversary booklet (standard size: 8.5 x 11″)(I’ve reduced it to fit on this page – snicker) issued by the ever mindful Chamber of Commerce.  Eight pages, excluding front and back cover.  It’s quite informative and well written.  Population then was about 33,000.  The mayor was Hugh Rule. C.K. Marsh apparently was the City Manager.

It also shows eight photos from the 1920s.  And plenty from 1966-67, which is, well, hell, 50 years ago.

Notice how a) the car tire tracks are really black and 2) it apparently was normal to go directly from Watauga to Sullivan without slamming into the circle.


Kingsport Foundry


This was taken in March, 2004.  The foundry, begun in 1927, had been unable to struggle through past 2003.  Later, after all the buildings had been demolished, I used to walk around and marvel at the massive concrete foundations for the heavy machinery used in the making of iron castings.  Foundries have a particular odor, mostly of metal and furnaces.  You could just get the faintest whiff of it.  Look in Dick Alvey’s Wings over Kingsport for an aerial view of this operation in the late 30s and, again, in the 60s.

I was going to link to the book on amazon.com, but it’s currently out of print.  You can occasionally run across it at local antique stores.



Roberts & Johnson Lmb’r Co


This grubby little number has been around for a while.  Roberts & Johnson Lumber Company, located next to Oakwood on West Sullivan Street, burned in the late 70s.  For some reason, nothing was ever done with the plot of land at 451 West Sullivan.  Except for now, since the land will be subsumed by the development taking place in that area.  Alas, if this were yours and you just had to measure something, you’d be out of luck…it’s rusted closed.

Kingsport Post Cards, Part 5

Pub. By Haynes Distributing Co., 2930 Fleetwood Ave., Roanoke, Va.These all were printed by Dexter Press in West Nyack NY. Joyce L. Haynes is generally credited as the photographer, but the name C. H. Ruth shows up also.  Inventory numbers are all over the place.  A couple are sequential.  This could be because Haynes worked the whole Tri-Cities area and shot a bunch of aerials.  All are from the 1960s.  They’re all chromes (refers to Kodachrome film).

  1. In yellow cursive Brush Script title case letters above the photo of the building: Civic Auditorium Kingsport, Tenn. On the back: CIVIC AUDITORIUM KINGSPORT, TENN. Main building for the civic recreational center which also has on the grounds a swimming pool, tennis court and J. Fred Johnson stadium. American Legion Hall and educational facilities are also available.  Photography by Joyce L. Haynes  (4077-B)
  2. In yellow cursive Brush Script title case letters at the top of the card: Kingsport, Tenn. Photo taken from Cement Hill.  Shows old City Hall/library building.  On back: KINGSPORT, TENN. Located near the Virginia State line on highways 23, 11-E and 81, this bustling city is an industrial center. Lakes and Dams only a few miles away. Photography by Joyce L. Haynes  (40076-B)
  3. (no text on front) Aerial shot of Warriors’ Path State Park & Duck Island
    1. On back: WARRIORS (sic) PATH STATE PARK Southeast of Kingsport, Tenn., on the shores of Lake Patrick Henry. This popular park serving the Tri-Cities area with facilities for picnicking, boating, horseback riding and swimming. Aerial by C. H. Ruth   (DR-39978-B)
  4. In white cursive Brush Script Std. title case letters at top of card: East Lawn Memorial Park, Kingsport, Tenn. (shows aerial photo of the memorial park)
    1. On back: EAST LAWN MEMORIAL PARK, INC. Memorial Boulevard Kingsport, Tennessee 37664  Located in the heart of Sullivan County, two miles east of Kingsport.  This is a garden type cemetery offering Burial Estates, Mausoleum Garden Crypts and Bronze Memorials.  Telephone – 288-2081  Aerial photo by Joyce L. Haynes  (76963-B)
  5. No text on front. Picture of Honest John’s with early ‘60s cars in front, including a baby blue Corvette   On back: BIG INDIAN 32 feet tall  Weight 10,000 pounds
    1. Located on Stone Drive Super Hiway Route 11W, Kingsport, Tennessee
      As far as known, it is the world’s largest wooden Indian. Built by Honest John
      Honest John’s Gift Shop, John D. Barker, owner (card was never sent, but in pen, written is “Helen   1972 – Card sent) (in the address area: Pratts 1225 E Stone Dr. Kingsport, Tenn 37660?)  (note: the Indian is not made of wood) (45031-B)
  6. No text on front. Picture of Hammond Bridge   On back: HAMMOND MEMORIAL BRIDGE Kingsport, Johnson City, Tenn.  This magnificent structure crosses the Holston River on U. S. Hwy. 23, midway between Kingsport and Johnson City, Tennessee, two of the Tri-Cities.  Fort Patrick Henry Dam can be seen just a few hundred feet from the bridge.  Photography by Joyce L. Haynes   (53071-B)
  7. On front at top in red Brush Script Std. in title case letters: Aerial View – Tennessee Eastman Corp. Kingsport, Tenn. On Back: TENNESSE EASTMAN CORP. Kingsport, Tennessee Located on the banks of the Holston River, the Tennessee Eastman Corp. is one of the largest industries in Tennessee.  Aerial by C. H. Ruth  (in script/ink pen: Mrs. Fusco – Think of you as always – Trust you will get out real soon.  God Bless as always. (unreadable signature)  Addressed to: Mrs. M. M. San Frisco  Coeburn VA.) (postmark date unreadable)  (53069-B)
  8. On front at top: thin brush-style red title case letters: Tri-City Airport Kingsport – Bristol – Johnson City (photo shows old terminal and Appalachian Flying Service and two aircraft on the tarmac, both Piedmont units)  On back: TRI-CITY AIRPORT Kingsport – Bristol  Johnson City, Tenn.  Piedmont, United and Southern Airlines serve the Tri-City area.  Appalachian Flying Service for chartered flights and student instructions.  Modern Restaurant in Terminal Building.  Appalachian Flying Service owned and operated by – Mr. Louis Hilbert Phone – FA -3-4920   Photography by Joyce L. Haynes   (48991-B)
  9. No text on front. Picture of Trade Winds Motel and Restaurant, taken from a hill across the highway On back: TRADE WINDS MOTEL AND RESTAURANT  4 0 U. S. Hwy. 23 Gate City, Virginia  This ultra-modern motel, “New is 62,” offers the tourists the finest in accommodations.  Wall-to-wall carpeting, ceramic tile baths, T.V., electric heat, children’s playground, and is completely air-conditioned throughout.  Excellent restaurant serving the finest of foods, open seven days a week.  Owned and Operated by: Clyde and Garland Smith  Phone – Kingsport, Tenn. CA 5-8541.  Photography by Joyce L. Haynes  (62353-B)
  10. In red cursive Brush Script Std. title case letters at top of card: THE FAMOUS CHURCH CIRCLE KINGSPORT, TENN. On back: FAMOUS CHURCH CIRCLE Kingsport, Tenn.  Churches looking from left to right are: First Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, Broad Street Methodist Church and First Methodist Church.  Color by C. H. Ruth  (58901-B)
  11. Standard text in black (top line) and red (bottom line) both between a top picture of the Rhododendron Garden and a lower picture of Tri-City Airport (same as the one in 8, above) On back: Top view: Roan Mountain, World’s largest Rhododendron Garden.  Bottom view: Tri-City Airport, serving all of East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia area.  (53082-B)