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Timeless Depot: 1906

Timeless Depot: 1906

Circa 1906. "Southern Railway station, Knoxville, Tenn." What has four faces but no hands? 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Below is the same view from July of 2015.

H C Bondurant

Henry Clay Bondurant was born in Salem, Virginia on August 9th 1846, the son of Jesse Green (1801-1846) and Martha Ann Wright. During the Civil War he was in the 13th Virginia Light Artillery Company C which fought the Battle of Knoxville. In 1871 he married Almena 'Minnie' Stover. Henry died in 1918.

Hey, Look!

It's the same time it was yesterday!
I guess the trains were never late in Knoxville.

Doesn't matter

if the trains run on time or not all!


Dave, you kill me sometimes with your brand placement!

Well played, sir!

I'm Upset

These stations bug me ever since the wind blew bronze Mercury
off the Nashville Union Station tower.


I thought they only had Lincoln Logs back then?

No time, no tower

Yet still looks like it's made of Legos.

Ahead of its time?

Impressive. I didn't know they even had Legos back then.


That place looks like it's made of Legos.

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