Andrew T.'s photos with the 2008

Danger: High Voltage Above, Keep Off

Danger:  High Voltage Above, Keep Off
Early 1990s utility pole sign, Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
Added on February  8, 2009

Little Sable Point lighthouse, Mears, MI

Little Sable Point lighthouse, Mears, MI
On my fateful move from West Virginia to Wisconsin last summer, I took advantage of the opportunity to explore and make a leisurely excursion out of the event.

The Little Sable Point lighthouse outside Mears, Michigan was activated in 1874 and is 107 fee…
Added on February  8, 2009

Danger: High Voltage

Danger:  High Voltage
1980s utility pole sign, Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
Added on February  8, 2009

Texaco signpost reused by KFC, Circleville, OH

Texaco signpost reused by KFC, Circleville, OH
Just south of Circleville, Ohio on U.S. 23, I came across a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant with a very odd sign: A tall pole with a series of six horizontal protrusions and nothing else but a chicken bucket at top.

What could possibly explain it? On…
Added on December 16, 2008

Old Hotpoint Appliances sign

Old Hotpoint Appliances sign
This sign once stood guard outside Parker Brothers' appliance and hardware store in the small town of Athens, West Virginia...a storefront building that, like the Athens Theater, ultimately succumbed to demolition in the late '90s. The incongruous fact,…
Added on December 16, 2008

Sack 'N Save supermarket (former Albers/Colonial), Kenton, OH

Sack 'N Save supermarket (former Albers/Colonial), Kenton, OH
This distinctive pylonated supermarket building appears near the intersection of highways 31 and 53 in Kenton, Ohio. But, what was it originally? Judging by the corrugated metal on the facade, I'm inclined to suspect Albers; a chain that was affiliated…
Added on December 16, 2008

Oddball stop sign in Princeton, WV

Oddball stop sign in Princeton, WV
Some of the stop signs in the city of Princeton, West Virginia are a little off-kilter in proportions...
Added on December 16, 2008

Old four-way traffic signal, Princeton, WV

Old four-way traffic signal, Princeton, WV
This very old four-way traffic signal still hovers over a residential intersection in Princeton, West Virginia to this day. Although a conventional shade of yellow today, the light housing used to be painted dark green.
Added on December 16, 2008

Old Athens Theater marquee

Old Athens Theater marquee
A quaint movie house crafted out of a brick facade and corrugated metal cocoon, the Athens Theater in Athens, West Virginia was a small-town relic of yore now largely lost to obscurity. After standing vacant for many years, the theater was demolished in…
Added on December 16, 2008

Old four-way traffic signal, Princeton, WV

Old four-way traffic signal, Princeton, WV
This very old four-way traffic signal still hovers over a residential intersection in Princeton, West Virginia to this day. Although a conventional shade of yellow today, the light housing used to be painted dark green.
Added on December 16, 2008

I think the Stafford Plaza could use a new sign...

I think the Stafford Plaza could use a new sign...
...but considering that Roses was the only thing in the plaza that was still open, it probably wouldn't make a lick of difference.
Added on December 16, 2008

Roses department store, Princeton, WV

Roses department store, Princeton, WV
Believe it or not, this store is still very much open and operational as of this year. I did a double-take, myself.
Added on December 16, 2008

Kroger proto-superstore, Bluefield, WV

Kroger proto-superstore, Bluefield, WV
The '50s barrel-roof store closed when this new Kroger location opened on Cumberland Road; coinciding with the opening of Bluefield's first shopping center, which also contained a W.T. Grant department store (later Kmart, currently subdivided). This store…
Added on December 10, 2008

Kmart store #9207 (Beckley, WV)

Kmart store #9207 (Beckley, WV)
This Kmart is located across the street from the Big Lots/ex-Kroger and decrepit Raleigh Mall in Beckley. To date, it is the creepiest Kmart I have ever shopped in.

The last time I was there, I wheeled my cart to the clothes section towards the left of t…
Added on December 10, 2008

Old Kroger store, Bluefield, WV

Old Kroger store, Bluefield, WV
We'll wrap up with a look at the stores of Bluefield, West Virginia. This nondescript red-brick building on North Street was originally a Kroger, opening in 1953 and remaining Bluefield's supermarket location through most of the 1960s. Although not visibl…
Added on December 10, 2008

New River, Hinton, WV

New River, Hinton, WV
Just for fun, here's a photo taken facing the opposite direction from the Kroger. Didn't I say that I couldn't imagine a more picturesque location for a grocery store?
Added on December 10, 2008

Former Murphy's Mart store (now Magic Mart), Hinton, WV

Former Murphy's Mart store (now Magic Mart), Hinton, WV
I suspect that this 1970s Magic Mart store (adjacent to the Hinton Kroger) may have been something else originally.
Added on December 10, 2008

Kroger "dual greenhouse" store, Bluewell, WV

Kroger "dual greenhouse" store, Bluewell, WV
This store is located in Bluewell, West Virginia, and is another example from the "dual greenhouse" school of design. This store is a bit smaller and older (1981) than either the Princeton or Beaver greenhouses, with a shorter slanted-glass portion and ro…
Added on December 10, 2008