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Abston Garage

Abston Garage
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Garage, bowling alley, bus station, movie theater (Oliver Springs Theatre), church building, snack shop… this building has worn many hats in its long career. Built sometime after 1915 for master mechanic Tom Abston, this building first saw duty as Abston’s garage. The Abston Garage was built around 1922 on Kingston Avenue in Oliver Springs, Tennessee, in Roane County. Thomas F. Abston was responsible for constructing the load-bearing brick building at a time when more and more families could afford an automobile. From 1922, it was used as a commercial garage, selling and servicing autos and as a bus stop. Capitalizing on the proliferation of the automobile in the 1910s and 1920s, it represents early trends in combined automobile dealerships and service centers. Circa 1942, the building was converted into a movie theater and was used for movies, performances, a bowling alley and snack bar. In 1951, the building returned to an automotive use as an auto service/supply store. There were changes made to the garage as its uses varied, but the overall character remained and the building has been a local landmark. It is important historically and architecturally as an example of an automobile-related building. It will one day be the home of the Oliver Springs Historical Museum and Community Center.

Oliver Springst Depot - Library

Oliver Springst Depot - Library
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The Southern Railway passenger depot at Oliver Springs is a late nineteenth century manifestation of the expansion of railroad freight and passenger traffic in the United States. The depot served to bring passengers by rail from around the nation to the tourist hotels located at the mineral springs, driving the local economy until 1905. The depot also served as a means of transporting to industry the rich coal deposits on nearby Windrock Mountain. This depot is typical of small-frame railroad structures built in the late 19th- and early 20th-centuries. It was built in 1896 and has elements of both the Stick Style and the Shingle Style. 1993, the depot restoration and renovation was complete and in 1994, the Oliver Springs Public Library opened in the facility. The Oliver Springs Historical Society is using the remainder of the depot as the location for a local history museum.

Sienknecht Store

Sienknecht Store
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Built in the early 1900s with locally-made brick and operated by the Sienknecht family. The Sienknecht Store building, built c. 1901. The store was used for a scene in the movie October Sky, and still retains the Olga Coal Company facade created for the film. Notice the words Olga Coal Company painted on the building. Shots along this street became downtown Coalwood in the movie. The building shown was the Coalwood Big Store during the movie. The interior of the store was decorated to look like a real 1950s store. Near the beginning of October Sky, there is a shot of two men sitting on a bench outside the Big Store as a steam locomotive rushes by. The men would have been sitting on a bench outside the building shown, and the train would have been on these railroad tracks.

OLIVER SPRINGS BANKING COMPANY

OLIVER SPRINGS BANKING COMPANY
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Oliver Springs Banking Company (added 1992 the National Registry of Historic Places - Building - #92000357) Also known as Bank of Oliver Springs;Tri County National Bank 110 E. Tri County Blvd., Oliver Springs. Architectural Style: Romanesque, Area of Significance: Architecture, Commerce Period of Significance: 1900-1924 Remember in October Skys when the miners voted to go on strike and came rushing out of the Union Hall into the rain? Here is the building -- at 410 Main Street.

Colonial Hall Gate

Colonial Hall Gate
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The oldest standing building in Oliver Springs, Colonial Hall was built in 1830 of logs by Lewis Rector. Some of the original building remains, though additions and modifications have been made over time. The house, outbuildings, and grounds were purchased in 1881 by Col. John G. Scott, who subdivided the land and laid out streets in 1882 from the house west towards Kingston Avenue.

Cumberland Presbyterian Church

Cumberland Presbyterian Church
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Cumberland Presbyterian Church - Winter's Gap Road at Spring Street - The oldest standing church in Oliver Springs. The original frame structure was completed in 1892. In 1920, it was replaced with the current brick building, which incorporated the original stained glass windows and other materials.

CN 5043, L&N 1570 & 2 more - No. 1

CN 5043, L&N 1570 & 2 more - No. 1
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Reproduced 35mm Slide Photo shot by my Dad, Jay Thomson, at Oliver Springs, TN in June 1977 On June 23, 1977 Dad shot CN SD40 5043, L&N U30C 1570 (to SBD 1570, to SBD 7264, to CSX 7264) & 2 more U-boats leading a unit coal train through Oliver Springs, Tennessee.

Main Street

Main Street
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Notice the words Olga Coal Company painted on the building. Shots along this street became downtown Coalwood in the movie October Sky. The building shown was one of the businesses used during the movie.

1956 International Howe R185 Pumper 3

1956 International Howe R185 Pumper 3
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I'm told that it sounds like a prop-plane in a nose-dive when pumping at max, since it takes so much throttle to get that slow-turner to approach useable pressure from a center-mounted pump.

107 Roane Street

107 Roane Street
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Memorabilia from the movie October Sky is kept in inside this old building on Roane Street in Oliver Springs, Tennessee.

Oliver Springs Looking West

Oliver Springs Looking West
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As of the census of 2000, there were 3,303 people, 1,369 households, and 958 families residing in the town.

Traffic Jam

Traffic Jam
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This was a fun shot in downtown Oliver Springs, Tennessee. I don't know why the fork lift is parked there.

Windrock06

Windrock06
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Shawn Mc. flying down from Walden Ridge at the Windrock 100 inaugural race.

Windrock01 - Hammer Time

Windrock01 - Hammer Time
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Dave The Hammer Lane tackles the trail at the inaugural Windrock 100 race.

Oliver Springs, TN, 1917

Oliver Springs, TN, 1917
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The first troop train of 'The Great War' to roll through Oliver Springs.

Oliver Springs, TN

Oliver Springs, TN
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Note the billboard advertising the Bible

Brian Descending Walden Ridge

Brian Descending Walden Ridge
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...at the inaugural Windrock 100 race.

Windrock02

Windrock02
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G-Money at the Windrock 100 race.

Old Brick Olga Coal Company Building

Old Brick Olga Coal Company Building
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Oliver Springs, Tennessee

Windrock07

Windrock07
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Dusty trails to you...



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