Over seven days on the road through occasional high winds, snow, sunshine, and rain we've seen everything from roadside giants to National Trust success stories to threatened grain elevators saved from demolition to create a city-maintained park.
Today's last day of driving before arriving in Nashville for the National Preservation Conference was no exception to the rule that you never know what you're going to find on the road. We've put together a selection of photos from the day including a hello to Terry, our friend at LaPlace, Louisiana's Frostop Drive-In.
Day 8's post is a little shorter than usual, but after 2700 miles on the road team Vintage Roadside is looking forward to catching up on a little sleep followed by a meet-up with our friend Eartha Kitsch and her mister.
We hope you've enjoyed following along as much as we've enjoyed your emails, comments, and road trip tips.
Now, onto the photos!
In Poplar Bluff, Missouri we found an unusual mix of roadside sights:
South of Holcomb, we spotted some pets that were not too big, not too small, but just right, along with a vintage deco motel sign.
Just before crossing the border into Tennessee we took a swing through Kennett (for you roadside trivia fans, the birthplace of Sheryl Crow) and were rewarded with this fantastic sign:
Tennessee at last. Driving through downtown Dyersburg, we whipped over to park when we saw the sign for Dixie Liquor.
A vintage ad we have describes the satellite structure on top as a Neo-Lectra sign topper built by Standard Neon Supply Company of St. Louis measuring 13 feet in width and requiring approximately 132 feet of neon tubing.
We also go to meet the mayor of Dyersburg who happened to park across the street for an event while we were taking photos. There's some random roadside fun for you.
Just as the sun was setting, we stopped in Huntingdon and met Leslie, owner of the Court Theatre. He was outside working on the marquee and offered to let us roam around inside although he was closed for the day.
View from inside the ticket booth (hello Frostop!)
Opened in 1920, Leslie has owned and operated the Court Theatre for the past 12 years and, although the maintenance is continuous, enjoys being the owner of a place with so much history. In addition to work on the underside of the marquee, the front has recently received a fresh coast of red paint to be followed shortly by a new coat of bright yellow on the stripes.
Cue drumroll, please...we're happy to say that Nashville looks as interesting at night as we had imagined.
Tucked into our motel for the night, we're looking forward to a great week ahead at the conference. Although not on the road, we'll continue to bring you updates on our blog and Facebook page including a picture of the limited edition t-shirt we produced in honor of Nashville's roadside history.
Jeff & Kelly