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Trade Winds Motel and Restaurant

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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.

The Historic Marker Forest

Not a forest, exactly, but a group of six markers on the right after you pass the red light at Wadlow Gap Road and head toward Gate City . For some reason or other, I never seemed to have the time or the inclination to stop the check them out.  Today, I did.

The first marker you see is this:


This marble marker commemorates the first court of Scott County which was held on this site in 1815. The marker was placed here in 1915.  Just a bit back toward Weber City, you can see the remnants of the bridge over Big Moccasin Creek where you would turn to take the road up to Hiltons.

Heading past the over pass trestle, at a sort of rest area, is the next marker (I’m listing them in order east to west)

The first one:


Then this one, which just refers you to the marble marker above.:






and, finally, this extremely wordy one:


I feel much better now.