Barry, thanks for posting this. Certainly we have a lot of rich history in our county, and have so many to thank for preserving it for us, especially Rosalie Gregg, who has worked tirelessly through the years as our Wise County Historian.
Battle of the Knobs? I didn't know Ron Jeremy and John Holmes ever came to Wise County.
We also have a lot of Wise County churches with historical markers. Those may be able to be assessed through the links at the bottom of the page. Not sure.
Don't forget to thank Etta B. Pegues !(thanks grandmama)
I love this link....I wish there were pictures of the markers and the places. Then and now. I love learning the history of where I live and how it became the place it is today.
Wonder why Barry didn't delete the rude 2:05 post?Makes no sense to me.
The courthouse and college were both playgrounds for me when I was a kid. We'd climb them both and go in the courthouse on weekdays and go into the college any time we thought we wouldn't get caught. It was spooky day or night. We never even considered vandalizing it. There was also 2 gun turrets from a B29 bomber on the grounds that were cool to check out. On weekdays when there wasn't school we'd ride the elevator in the courthouse up and down. We usually only quit when somebody ran us off. When I grew up they were both excellent places to take girls when you were just out cruising. People who had lived there all their lives had never been on the college grounds. The college was really amazing looking on a full moon night. If you took a girl to the steps of the front door and both of you tilted your heads back and looked up at the bell tower it looked like it could fall over and swallow you up and she'd fall back against you every time. Back then the bell tower only had 3 supports the fourth was blown out by lightning years before so I guess it really could have fallen. The fire escape was a slide that if you were in the building you would take stairs down to and then slide to safety. To get up from the ground was hard because it was so slippery but it was worth the effort-you would fly off the bottom of that thing like you were shot out of a cannon. There was a candle factory for a time near the college. I don't remember the year but, it burned. That whole side of town smelled amazing for months. It was especially awesome on a cool night after a hot day. I'd tell girls about the college, we'd go check it out, ride the fire escape and invariably they'd say,"What is that beautiful smell?" I'd tell them about it and we'd walk closer. Sooner or later a blanket would come out of the trunk of my Camaro be laid out on the ground. I went out with a girl once who I met through friends. She was from Krum. At some point she said,"So is now the time you pull the blanket out and we go at it under the trees over there?" All of a sudden it felt like my tongue was too big for my mouth and I started melting down-very unusual for me to be speechless in those days but I yammered away like an idiot until she busted out laughing and said,"Don't worry,you dummy,it's cool. Let's get the blanket and go."That was was the best. I have never laughed so much while making love with somebody. I'll never forget it. I called her just a few years later at her parents at Christmas. Her fiance answered the phone. I could hear him seething and mumbling in the background. I don't blame him. She was something special. I never heard from her again. Some days I wonder what happened. Life used to be so fun. I drove a Camaro and made love with pretty girls under the stars on the grounds of the old college while the scent of a thousand different flowers,coconut and cinnamon wafted around us. The End
I was just relieved that my name was not on any of those headstones.Double Fake I B Alive!!!
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