Monday, October 28, 2013

Middlesboro--My Hometown

Today's photos are from my beloved hometown of Middlesboro in Bell County.  I truly believe that I grew up in a little slice of Heaven, and most family, friends, and neighbors must have been angels in disguise. The mountains completely surrounded us like strong, protective arms, and each night before we went to sleep we could see the cross lighting up the mountainside at the east end of town.  We were blessed.  



View of Middlesboro from the Pinnacle in Cumberland Gap National Park

The Home building c. 1890 (ie. Arthur building, People's building) on Fountain Square in downtown Middlesboro

Detail on the Home building





One of several Build a Better Block efforts to restore and reinvigorate the downtown area

The old National Bank building on Fountain Square


Canal Walk

Detail on the old National Bank building

Bell County Chamber of Commerce is made of coal

The old Middlesboro Hardware building

Sundial at the Arthur Museum came from the home of Middlesboro founder, Alexander A. Arthur

Memorial bricks in the garden of  the Arthur Museum

Arthur Museum

Arthur Museum

This sweet girl seemed to be the official greeter at the Arthur Museum

Fern Lake supplies water to the town of Middlesboro



20 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures. I see these sights everyday and somehow miss them. Thank you for posting the pictures.
    Jane Cambron

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    1. Thanks so much, Jane! I hope to get back to Middlesboro soon and take more photos to post on the blog. Love my hometown :)

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    1. Thank you! I really appreciate you visiting my blog :)

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  3. Wow....love these photos...where can I see more?

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    1. Thanks, Johnnie Sue! I hope to go back to Middlesboro soon and take lots more photos for my blog. I'll try to remember to tag you when I post the link on facebook if you'd like. Or, you can become a follower of the blog and you'll be notified by email. So glad you enjoyed these photos! I love our hometown!

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  4. Really neat.Not how I
    Remembered. But it's been a long time.

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    1. Thanks for visiting my blog, Charles, and I'm glad you enjoyed the photos. M'boro has changed since I was there, too, but I saw lots of familiar places, too. Great town.

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  5. I love these photos. I moved away from Middlesboro a few years ago and I get home sick around this time of year. I'm surprised that the cat that guards arthur museum is still around. Thanks for the memories.

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    1. Thanks for checking out the blog, Sandra! We loved the cat at the Arthur Museum--she was so sweet! She followed me to the entrance gate when I left, but she wouldn't venture any further. I get homesick for M'boro and the mountains this time of year, too.

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  6. I love these. Its hard to see the small details when you are on a rushed visit back home. Thank you for sharing

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed the photos! Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  7. These are beautiful, and make me miss my hmetown.

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    1. Thank you! I live in Lexington, KY, now and love it, but I will forever miss Middlesboro and those beautiful mountains.

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  8. I love these pictures! I moved away 13 years ago and i dont get to be home as much as i would like to. ❤️

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    1. Thanks so much, Amy! I don't get home much either, and I sure miss those mountains.

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  9. Beth, I have so enjoyed finding your blog and seeing your photographs. I love Middlesboro, too, and I remember you as a child at West End School and your sweet Mom and Dad. You were always so polite. I never tire of seeing photos of all the special things about Middlesboro. One of my favorite places when I was younger was Lee's Drug Store. We'd go there for Hit Parade magazines, fountain cokes, and during the transition time in school from doing cursive writing with a penpoint, staff, and ink to a cartridge pen, the best place to buy a cartridge pen was Lee's. If we all sat down and talked about the small things that were important to us as children growing up in Middlesboro, it would be amazing what our conversations would remind us of that we have forgotten, wouldn't it?

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    1. Mrs. Wilder? I remember you so fondly from West End! Hope all is well with you. Thank you for visiting my blog, and I'm happy you enjoyed the Middlesboro photos. I love hearing remembrances of Lee's Drug Store and my precious parents--thank you for sharing with me. Middlesboro is such a special place.

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  10. Love the pictures and makes one homesick as well. I live now in Calif. but miss the Boro. Thanks for posting. Hope there's many more coming.
    I am not the Lone Ranger...R. L. Longworth

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting my blog, and I'm glad you enjoyed the photos! There are several other posts about Middlesboro on the blog. To find them, click on the "Middlesboro" tag at the bottom of the blog post above. So nice to hear from you!

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