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.
This Haynes Distributing Company postcard shows two aircraft sitting on the tarmac: a Fairchild F-27, which Piedmont flew from 1958 to 1967, on the left; and the tail portion of a DC-3, which Piedmont took out of service in 1963.
Since Joyce L. Haynes, the photographer, was undoubtedly an efficient person, I think she took all four of these photographs around the summer of 1962.
I have a number of cards published by Haynes (and printed by Dexter). I think there were at least two series of cards done: the earlier ones with photos taken by Joyce L. Haynes and a later series with photography by C. H. Ruth.
I also think Ms Haynes had a knack for choosing days with brilliant blue skies and fluffy white clouds (The Orb!).
I have several views of downtown Kingsport taken from Cement Hill. Several years ago, when I was new to postcards and rather dismissive of chromes, I thought this was a recent card and, based on seeing the old City Hall, I dated it to the early 60s. But I didn’t realize until today, when I was looking at it again, that I could date it really accurately. The red arrow points to the old City Hall (and library) and the yellow arrow indicates the Downtowner. The Downtowner opened for business in 1961 and The Kingsport Times-News (November, 1962) reported that the old City Hall was mostly demolished. The photo for this card was taken in summer of 1962.
It was published by Haynes Distributing Company in Roanoke and was printed in West Nyack NY by Dexter Publishing Company. Joyce L. Haynes took the photo. I’m not turning up any information on Haynes Distributing Company, nor of Joyce L. Haynes. She does, however, show up as the photographer for many postcards of this period.