Back in June of 1967, I was working as a photographer for the Kingsport Times-News. I got dispatched to this service station, then known as Smith Shell, to photograph the aftermath of an accident: a lady driving away from getting gas snagged the hose of one of the pumps. The pump overturned, electrical connections were severed and a fire ensued, quickly extinguished by the Kingsport Fire Department. By the time I got there, the fire was out and the KFD was mopping up.
I just looked up the photo I took. It’s at newspapers.com.
The station was built in 1955 by J.D. Smith. I remember him well, but from the 1980s or so.
Lee Apartments, 1941 to 2018. According to Calvin Sneed’s article in the Kingsport Times-News, these apartments were completed at the same time as the ones in Riverview.
This postcard, copyright 1964, was published by the Colorcraft Studios in New York. I can’t find any information about this company, but it was credited with a lot of 1964/1965 World’s Fair postcards. On the back: BROAD STREET METHODIST CHURCH P.O. Box 907 Kingsport, Tennessee 37662
First Broad Street United Methodist Church, 50 years later.
This paint-up is not that old, but it’s beginning to fade. Clifton’s is on corner of East Market and Unicoi Streets. Years ago, Unicoi Street came up in some news story or other and I was perplexed…I’d never heard of it and I’ve lived in Kingsport since Hector was a pup*. The street is a one-blocker, though, and forever didn’t have much of anything located on it and, more importantly, it wasn’t on any of my paper routes.
* Obsolete phrase. See https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/since+Hector+was+a+pup
It looks like this old building on the corner of East Main and Cherokee Streets is coming down…literally.
Back in the 50’s, this building was mostly Ward’s Feed Store & Hatchery. There were some other businesses downstairs and apartments upstairs. I delivered the newspaper to a lady who lived in one. She always had a snuff stick in her mouth. But she always paid her subscription on time (I collected weekly for the paper delivery).
It appears that there are condemnation notices on the whole building, but only the back portion is blocked off.
This is on the wall across from Rexel on Press Street. The design is on the sidewalk, too.
I saw this going in on Sunday afternoon and, for a moment, I felt a faint quiver of excitement, then I remembered that the City was having a Google enterprise workshop on Monday (8/13/18). That’s what the people in the background are doing: loading in chairs for the event. Anyway, it was kind of different, though.