June 12, 2007

East Tennessee > Photos of I-40 in Knoxville in 1960


Someone gave my wife these pictures. I'm not sure where they came from. They show the recently-completed Interstate 40 in 1960, as it intersects major roads in West Knoxville.

That picture above is Lovell Road. When you turn onto Lovell Road from I-40 West today the little white Mennonite church and its graveyard seem out of place next to the Waffle House, gas stations, adult video store, and Harley-Davidson dealership, but in that 1960 photo the little church was there all by itself.

Where that big stand of trees was then there's a BMW dealership, Pilot truckstop, Arby's, Krystal's and several hotels. The enormous Turkey Creek shopping complex is across the street.

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Very cool picture.

Posted by: Craig T. at June 12, 2007

Great pics, thanks! I've been enjoying the old-timey pics from http://www.shorpy.com recently and it's nice to see something local.

The Campbell Station Rd and Mabry Hood Road links are broken, btw.

Posted by: Bill at June 12, 2007

Where's that highly controversial watershed? Looks like farmland to me!

Stunning pictures. Can you imagine the uproar that Interstate must have caused on being built. "Yer gonna put what through my farm?!"

Posted by: Doug McCaughan at June 12, 2007

Bill, thanks. I've fixed the links.

Posted by: Les Jones at June 12, 2007

Wow. I drive that intersection every day, and I had no idea it once looked like that.

I mean, I knew it must have but I'd never seen a photo of it. Thanks, Les.

Posted by: Barry at June 12, 2007

Oh, and the Turkey Creek is a little farther down the road (off the photo). The Pilot store on the west side of Lovell is about as far down as the picture goes. Farther down Lovell toward Parkside Dr and the Turkey Creek entrance you'd pass a Ruby Tuesday, the IHOP, and McDonalds - that photos not anywhere near them yet.

If the camera was shifted about 10 degrees to the north, you might be able to about see my kids' school...

Posted by: Barry at June 12, 2007

Where that big stand of trees was then

Random memory fragment popping into my head...
There's an old collection of sweet pinesap from that patch of woods in the UT Herbarium -- the only county record for it, if I'm remembering correctly. I went out there once 15 years or so ago looking for it, but it had been paved over long before.

Where's that highly controversial watershed? Looks like farmland to me!

Hm. I've always been a bit confused over what the exact extent of wetlands along Turkey Creek were/are. Like Barry said, the controversy was over the extension of Parkside Drive, and that's not in the picture.

Back when this picture was taken, though, supposedly there were much more extensive wetlands along the creek, especially on the north side of the interstate. But yeah, if there's anything there, it's sure not obvious, although it's harder to figure out what's what from an oblique angle than it is from an overhead shot. There *is* a little patch of darker vegetation where the creek forks, a bit up from the end of the northern interstate ramps, so maybe that's something? It's not what I'd call "extensive", though...

Rikki, are you out there? Do you remember the details of this?

Posted by: Steve K. at June 12, 2007

Barry, you're right that the Turkey Creek entrance is farther down the road, but the road to Turkey Creek angles back towards the interstate, and the development itself is right up against I-40.

Seeing the place you live as it looked in the past sure is an odd experience.

Posted by: Les Jones at June 12, 2007

I have those same shots...came from the same source which is probably a friend that worked at X-10.

I love to look at them and see how things used to be and how I was they still were.

Posted by: Mushy at June 13, 2007

Wow. Every spare inch of that road is covered up with business now. I've never known it not to be a "busy" road.

Thanks for the flashback!

Posted by: Catscratch at May 01, 2008
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