VINTAGE KNOXVILLE- A LOOK AT THE PAST

I love vintage postcards, and it struck me to do a post on vintage postcards (from cyberspace, how 1999 of me to say) of my current city of Knoxville, TN. So, here's the collection with some commentary, history, and a whole lot of visual delight.

Enjoy!

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This is a view of the Tennessee River Bridge and Knoxville Courthouse.

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Entrance to the Lyons View Insane Asylum (aka East Tennessee Hospital for the Insane, aka Lakeshore Mental Health Institute, aka a whole host of names). Interesting little fact about this place. I actually did some research on it this weekend and went to it. It's now a park... but many of the buildings remain. Apparently, the main building burned down in the 1920s, but it was an asylum up until LAST YEAR. They officially shut their doors in 2012, and the city converted it to a park complete with really nice baseball fields, soccer fields, and a walking track around the entire property. Weird thing is all the abandoned buildings everywhere. The city says they'd like to demolish the buildings, but there isn't money in the budget for that anytime soon. Honestly, I love that the buildings are there, but I would jump at the chance to explore any insane asylum (in the day, none of that night time stuff), so who's in?

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This is a photo of the main building, which burned down in the 1920s. Man, I wish it were still there!  There is one old scary looking building, the Admin Building, but the rest are very 1960s/70s institutional type buildings. They are all creepy/awesome, nonetheless.  

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U.S. Post Office in Knoxville, TN

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This is from the Appalachian Exposition in Knoxville, TN. From my understanding, Knoxville held this exposition in 1910 and 1911, and it was such a success that in 1913 they held the National Conservation Exposition. The most amazing thing about the 1913 Exposition was the subject matter- conservation. The exposition focused on the realization that our resources are finite, and we needed to start correcting the mistakes to ensure a future for humanity. Hmm, a little ahead of their time! Why are we just now addressing the big issues when the questions were asked 100 years ago? Madness. Sadly, this structure suffered the fate of fire as well.

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Lawson-McGhee Library, Knoxville, TN is supposedly the oldest continuously run public library in Eastern Tennessee.

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Redmon Motel in Knoxville, TN was (is?) on Clint Hwy, and after I found this postcard I found this gem below.

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Apparently, the new owners renamed the motel... and were cheap.  Bad bad marketing, people.

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This came up in my search, so we'll go with it.  Fun in the sun!

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And last, but certainly not least, Gay Street! This is such an awesome postcard brought to us by Knoxstalgia (which I highly recommend if you're interested in the history of Knoxville).  

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