Another Haynes Distributing postcard, printed by Dexter, West Nyack NY. On December 4, 1967, that bridge, already 50 years old, collapsed when the driver of a 13.5 ton truck drove onto the 5-ton limit bridge. Someone had helpfully removed the load limit sign on the Long Island side of the bridge. The driver, though quite chilled after the 30-odd foot drop into the South Fork of the Holston River, wasn’t hurt.Afterwards, Eastman firmly opposed rebuilding the bridge, citing things like height, depth, width, water, air, arm-waving and other important considerations.
Since this card was mailed at the Downtowner Motor Inn, which wasn’t completed until 1962, the slightly non-existant postmark is probably 1965.
And we all hope Mrs. Frisco got out real soon.
This postcard is from the early 1960s. It’s a Haynes Distributing card with the photo shot by C. H. Ruth. Ruth and Joyce L. Haynes shot a lot of film in the Kingsport area around 1962.
Note that the visitor center is not there yet. This is nearly 10 years after the dam was finished.
I like the lone tree sticking up on top of that hill.
Calvin Sneed’s posted this 1929 bridge here with all the appropriate descriptions (Calvin knows more about bridges than anyone else I know – given that I don’t actually know a lot of people who have any interest in bridges, but, Calvin, he’s a bridge boffin straight up. At the time this postcard picture was taken (1961 or 62)*, the bridge was two-way. When I got out of the service and got a job, I bought a 1966 Volkswagen. Even with that car, this bridge was a white-knuckler if a truck was coming the opposite way when it was snowing, in the dark.
Anyway, I think this bridge is utilitarian, rather than “magnificent”. This view is looking east. In 1969, they built the wider steel bridge, just to this side of this one. Whew.
Incidentally, this bridge replaced a 1900 Pactolus Ferry bridge, which crossed the Holston River near (my correction to earlier prepositions) where the Ft. Patrick Henry Dam is now. Before the bridge, there actually was a ferry there.
*Haynes Distributing Company in Roanoke had their photographer/agent Joyce L. Haynes in this area in 1961 and 1961. Shooting Kodachrome, probably. This type of postcard is called a “chrome”.
The Trade Winds Motel and Restaurant “New in 62”. It was located about .33 mile west of the railroad bridge over 23 between Weber City and Gate City. The lettering on the building is difficult to read, but the center panel seems to read “Dutch Boy Grill”. I remember a Dutch Boy drive-in restaurant beside Munal Clinic (built in 1951) on what was then known as the Johnson City Highway, but I have no idea if this is associated with that one. I find the motel listed in the 1983 Kingsport telephone directory, but lose it after that.
Charles Dean Dalton ran the business early on, but, by the time this picture was taken, in 1962, Clyde and Garland Smith owned it. If you look closely, you’ll see the telephone number is listed as CA 5-8541. Oops. People, you have to proof read anything that comes from a printer before it goes to press. That should be CI(rcle) 5-8541.