South Pittsburg History in Pictures
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Here a parade heads south along Cedar Avenue in downtown South Pittsburg, Tennessee in the early to mid 1950s. If you know what the parade was for and the date, please contact the Society at [email protected]. We want to hear from you!
Pictured above is the dedication of the Shelby Rhinehart bridge across the Tennessee River at South Pittsburg, which opened in 1982. The bridge was officially dedicated on June 5, 1989 to state representative, Shelby Rhinehart. This picture appeared in the Chattanooga News-Free Press the following day.
Courtesy, Ken Jordan
Pictured above in the 1930s is the front of Kuhn's 5-10-25-cents store on Cedar Avenue in Downtown South Pittsburg, Tennessee. The event is the drawing for a cow. This was obviously a well patronized event as indicated by the number of people in the photograph. On the left of Kuhn's is the Wiesner Cafe and to the right is Sartain Drugs.
Courtesy, Bob Hookey
Pictured above in the 1920s is a parade along Cedar Avenue in Downtown South Pittsburg, Tennessee. The Imperial Theatre (Princess Theatre today) is the building to the left with the arched glass over one of the entrances. This event is thought to be for actor Tom Mix of Westerns film fame, who had a connection with South Pittsburg when he worked in security at the Dixie-Portland Cement Plant in nearby Richard City. Mix returned to South Pittsburg occasionally to visit friends after leaving here for Hollywood.
Courtesy, Bob Hookey
Seen here in the 1950s is Rodney Evans (in chair) and Jerry Clepper. South Pittsburg residents lined the bank of the Tenenssee River at the South Pittsburg Ferry landing every Saturday and Sunday to watch the water skiing and surfboarding stunts of this daring bunch of local teens.
Courtesy, Barbara Clepper
Seen here is the famous steamboat "Delta Queen" docked on the Tennessee River in South Pittsburg in May 1998. Due to construction on docks in Chattanooga, the boat was forced to dock at South Pittsburg beside the river park and use its gangplank for loading and unloading passengers.
Photograph Courtesy, Dennis Lambert
Draftees of World War II are seen here marching down Cedar Avenue in South Pittsburg around 1943.
Photograph Courtesy, Bob Hookey