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Old 06-09-2014, 11:09 AM   #1576
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One of the first things that caught my eye was something moving through the air !



It was a good bit of time before it reappeared on the other side of the building.



A gondola !
A little later in our walk I see that it goes up quite a ways and even seems to disappear across the mountains.



Which is does actually.
This is called Ober Gatlinburg.
The Gondola takes you to a Ski Resort and Amusement Park up in the Smoky Mountains.
And has been doing so since 1962.

Then a giant Skillet catches my eye.





Crockett's Breakfast Camp
And it appears they only serve breakfast !
Open 7 AM to 1 PM 7 Days a Week.

Across the street is the Cherokee Grill.



The dark stone and the statues caught my eye here.



Cherokee Grill

I love the stone work I saw all over Chereokee, NC.
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Old 06-09-2014, 11:19 AM   #1577
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Some bear cubs we walked by.



And Gatlinburg has their own Personalized Manhole Covers !



Then there was the Hollywood Star Cars Museum.





I had just seen this car when we watched NCIS the other night.



This is the same car used in "The Bucket List".



I was wondering if these cars were the orginals or replicas of famous cars used in movies and TV.
I wondered how a place in Gatlinburg, TN would be the place to send a famous movie car.

This helped prove that at least this car was original.



Their list of famous Automobiles.



Gotta love the Batmobile !







Looks like Herbie shrank in the rain !





Hollywood Star Cars Museum
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Old 06-09-2014, 11:38 AM   #1578
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You can not miss this tower as you walk down the street.



It is an observation tower called the Gatlinburg Space Needle.



Gatlinburg Space Needle was built in 1969.
And it does have two elevators.

Here is a webcam on the Space Needle so you can see what is around the area.



Then there was one of the Ripley's buildings and Bubba Gump Shrimp.





This Ripley's was a little scarier than most.



Actually there are two Ripley's places right next to each other.
The scary one is Ripley's Haunted Adventure.

And the Ripley's Moving Theater.
It is a 3D movie theater where the seats move as you watch the movie.
Just to make it that much more exciting!

And a cute dinosaur you should look at closely.



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Old 06-09-2014, 11:40 AM   #1579
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Catching up with your thread Steve. Sorry to hear about all the bike dropping. Happens to all of us. I dropped my brand new 1996 Suzuki Katana, in a stone driveway.....that was flat.

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Old 06-09-2014, 11:47 AM   #1580
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Then right up the street is the Ripley's Believe it or Not Odditorium.



Looks like it has been through an earthquake !



This was a large marble ball floating on water slowly spinning around.



A replica of Optimus Prime actually made in Thailand out of Auto Parts.









Standing next to a giant tire.



More stuff sitting outside to get your attention.



A Long Road Home



This was animated like it was riding a 'bicycle' ?



Yes, that caught my eye !

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Thistle Dew Nicely !







This looked better in person.
It was shiny and there are spikes coming off the wheel covers.
I don't imagine he tows much with that !



This is one of those Hillbilly Miniature Golf Courses.
I have never played golf on a hill before.





Then there is The World of Illusions.





Nice place to land a plane !



I had also seen this ski lift going up the side of a hill.



This is another observation platform.



They call it Gatlinburg Sky Lift.
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A really nice old truck.



That is at a Moonshiners Paradise, which might explain this !



Now that I liked !

It was also animated.
I did feel sorry for the poor guy !



These two fellas brightened up my day.







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Then there were these fine folks.





It is set up like a circus side show in the front of the building.



One of the trapeze guys swinging overhead.





Blindshot Barnaby's !



It was set up like a circus.
After looking this up it is actually an Indoor Circus Black Light Golf attraction.
They also had a House of Mirrors behind these guys.

I just hope that was not part of the indoor golf !


This nice little building looks like it might have been a Tourist Center at one time long ago.



Some nice big Pinwheels as we are almost back to the bike.



And ready to head back to Cherokee.



So Gatlinburg, TN was not so bad.
I really did not know what to expect.
There is a lot to do here, but it is not my kind of place.

For me personally, I would rather be riding up in the clouds.
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Once back in Cherokee we had dinner at this nice old restaurant opened in 1946.



They had a nice picture of one of the hotels from the 1950's.
It is no longer there.
It use to be located across the street from where we were staying.



The Newfound Lodge Restaurant was next door to our hotel.

And tomorrow we would be leaving and heading north toward home.
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Old 06-09-2014, 12:32 PM   #1585
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You guys are having waaaay too much fun!

Love it! Inspires me to hit the road again. The pilot who landed that yellow plane did a fine job. I note there's no damage to the cowl or the prop! However, I wonder how he managed to fly a plane with the engine inverted?
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But alas, it is time to head back North.

Another ride out of Cherokee, NC past Tinkerbell, Cherokee Trader and Sequoyah.
Then onto US-19 N through the new tourist area.



Past the casino and off to the East of the Smoky Mountains.



This section of US-19 runs through the Cherokee Indian Reservation in North Carolina.





We hook up with a connector road and get onto I-40 W and reach the Tennessee Boarder.



For an Interstate 40 is a pretty nice road.
The views are not that great because trees are grown up along both sides of the highway.





We reach our exit off I-40 and head N on US-321.
Which most of the four lane highway was not on my GPS, so I am riding through green fields on the screen !

And at this point we are leaving the mountains off to our West.

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US-321 took us right through Greeneville, TN, which is where our first stop was.



Andrew Johnson was our 17th President.
If you know who the 16th President was you know how he came into office!

Yes, he was President Abraham Lincoln's Vice President for his second term.

I found out a lot about Andrew Johnson.
He did a whole lot more than I realized !
Every sign I read told of something new he had done during his four years as President and not to mention all that he had done before that and after that.

He was the only US President to return to the Senate after being President !

This is the house he bought in 1831.
He lived here until he bought his new house in 1851.



When I was looking up information before our trip I found it confusing.
The National Historical Site is located here at the corner of North College Street & East Depot Street.

This house faces College St.



At this location there is something on all four corners relating to Andrew Johnson:
- The house you see here.
- His Taylor Shop was across College St and is where the museum and NHS is centered.
- Across from that is a statue of President Andrew Johnson.
- And on the other corner is a replica of the house he was born in in Raleigh, NC.

Don't worry, you will see all of them !

Anyway, here is an older picture of this house.



Info.





Parking for the NHS is behind this house.

One of the first things I learn is that Andrew Johnson ran away from a previous internship at the age of 15, which in those days made him a fugitive !



He straightened that out later in his life at some point.

When he came to Greeneville he fell in love and married Eliza McCardle.



They had five children together.

The inside of the house was fairly small.
Perhaps that explains the five kids !



I at first thought the walls were made of stone.
They looked like it and were hard like rock.
Turned out that it was just the plastering techniques they used back in those days.
And the fancy painting made the tough exterior look like stone.

An interesting old lock.



The basement was only partially under the house.
The kitchens was down here unlike today where it is a major part of a home.



And they did not bother to try and remove the bedrock, they just built over it.



The National Park Service calls this Andrew Johnson's Early Home.

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Here is some of the information posted in this house.







And Alderman is A member of a municipal legislative body in a town or city.
Pretty much like being on a Township or City Council.









Hey, it's better than me typing it all out !

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We head across the street to the Andrew Johnson National HIstoric Site.

Inside is a museum with lots of interesting stuff.
This is his field desk from when he was Military Governor of Tennessee from 1862-64.





I am still trying to figure out what that first letter is !



One of Lincoln's second term campaign posters.



I am pretty sure this was the tie that Johnson wore to his Inauguration.



The Bible he took the Oath of Office on.



Sorry my pictures did not turn out well in this museum for some reason.

This was part of the Oath of Amnesty Ceremony that Johnson conducted.
It seems he took a similar path that Abraham Lincoln had laid out in restoring the United States after the war.
That is part of what got him in trouble so soon with political foes.







This was one of the things I found interesting.
I had no idea the Transatlantic Cable was laid this early.
From what I can gather this was for a second cable that was laid in 1866 during Johnson's term.
The first cable laid in 1854-58 did not last long on the ocean floor! A total of three weeks !





A beautiful basket made from Ivory given to Mrs. Johnson by the Queen of what is now Hawaii.
Queen Emma was the first queen to ever visit the White House.



Then there was the whole Impeachment debacle !
A political move by those not happy with the way Johnson was being lenient, but stern, toward the South after the war.
His idea was to keep the United States together and not make it harder then it had already been.





I am still a little confused about this whole situation.
He was apparently impeached, but was later acquitted.

This is the acquittal vote.



So he remained President of the United States and fulfilled the term he was placed in after Lincoln's assassination.



Andrew Johnson was also noted for the following during his four years as President.

- Purchase of Alaska
- Ratification of the 13th Amendment
- Ratification of the 14th Amendment
- Nebraska became a State
- Congressional Medal of Honor awarded Dr. Mary Edwards Walker for her services during the Civil War. She remains the first and only women to receive the medal.
- Helped bring about the Grange to update the agricultural work in the South.

In his lifetime he held just about every political office one can have on his way to Vice President.
The Presidency was laid upon him after the unfortunate event of Lincoln's assassination, but he handled that pretty well too.

More great information on the National Park Service, Andrew Johnson.
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Now we get to a part of the museum I did not expect.



A building within a building !



Yes, Andrew Johnson started out as a humble taylor.

He purchased a business in Greeneville and somehow had the building moved to its present
location, which is across the street from his Early House that you saw earlier.
The house is behind the end brick wall and across the street.











I lifted this iron and I could not believe how heavy it was.







He was apparently a pretty good taylor, and made do with this humble building.









After he got the political bug going he stopped doing taylor work and focused on government.



There were two plaques on the front wall.
This one describes even more things that Andrew Johnson was known for starting.



Poor Senator Edmund G. Ross.
His deciding vote to acquit President Andrew Johnson cost him his political career.



Here is this old taylor shop before it was restored and preserved.



This is while they were building the protective building over the taylor shop.



I think it is great that they preserved the humble beginnings of a person who reached the highest "job" in the United States of America.

They even left the foundation stones in place.



One side of the taylor shop is within inches of the front wall.





It was very interesting to see this in person.





These are the windows you saw in the picture of construction of the outer building above.



And across the street is a statue of Andrew Johnson.



A google search of Andrew Johnson taylor shop shows some nice old pictures of this building over the years.

My map will show the building this is in.
It is located in the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site which also contains the museum, and is across the street from his Early Home.

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