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This header photo is my Christmas/Solstice present to myself - photo by Stacy Redmon.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Then and now downtown Black Mountain

More old buildings to post about today.

This is an early photo of a building which still stands today in downtown Black Mountain.


"Along the north side of West State Street is the Kaltman building, a series of eight similar store fronts constructed in 1928 by Samuel Kaltman, a clothing manufacturer from New York who came to the area in 1921 for his health. By 1926, along with his wife, Bessie, he was a leading developer in Black Mountain controlling about half of the real estate in Black Mountain’s downtown business section. Besides the Kaltman building he also built a garage and store building at the corner of State and Cherry Street. Kaltman died of a stroke in 1938 in his shop on Church Street where he made men’s trousers. These store fronts have been home to a wide variety of businesses since their construction including a drug store, hardware store, grocery, meat market, tea company, barber shop, cupcake shop, wine market, and running store.  (Source: Swannanoa Valley Museum and History Center post on Facebook, Jan 15, 2019.)

2018 view - The Merry Wine Market on left, the Vertical Runner, then Kitchen Emporium, then Hey Hey Cupcake...and I think a hair salon is next.  The Kaltman engraved stone is still visible on the edge of the center part of the building.  I'm also impressed that there are still trees in the background, and some may be the same ones that were there 90 years ago.  Obviously the canvass awnings have been replaced!

My photo of the shops in the same building in 2013.

In the postcard below, the same building is shown, and a white gas station at the far end, which is across Montreat Rd.  The 7up sign is on the wall of a taller building that abutts Kaltman's building. In the first photo (around 1928-30) Standard Oil was using that wall for its sign.
"In 1927, the gas station at the corner of Montreat Rd. and State Street, the site of Black Mountain's town square, pumped more gasoline than any other station in North Carolina. The New Theatre, just to the east on state Street was renamed the Pix, and was managed by Lee Hiltz's stepson Laddie Terrell.  It closed in the 1960s. (Source: Swannanoa Valley, by history museum.)

I admit to having no idea who Lee Hiltz or her/his stepson Laddie Terrell were.  That gas station was gone by the time I moved here in 2007...but there was just a parking lot where now a nice Town Square has been established. (And we haven't had a movie theater since I moved here either.)


In 2014 I took this photo looking south along Montreat Rd. The signal lights are at State Street, where if you turn right you'd see the Kaltman building on your right, and to the left in this photo all those blue awnings are part of Tyson Furniture.  But closer to where I was, you can see some greenery next to the sidewalk, and that was the early stages of the Town Square.

Below you can see the beginning of the Women's March in Black Mountain in January 2018.  It began in the Town Square, and I'm standing close to the bench in the foreground in a grey coat, hands in my pockets looking at the camera.


I'm sharing this post with Sepia Saturday this week.

Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share history through old photographs.


We're always looking for others to share their old (or not so old) photos with the Sepia Saturday folks.  Come link to your post, give a comment and join us!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Next door to today's other house there's a derelict home

Who used to live here?

Probably nobody has walked inside in years.

 Interesting that the bigger tree was cut down, leaving the stump by the wall, but there's a new tree growing in the porch area, probably over 10 years old.

Oh the echoes of mothers doing the cooking, children chasing each other, smells of breakfast coffee...long gone.  The grandchildren may drive by every once in a while.  Maybe not.

An old home still being lived in


I love how many additions you can see on this old house.  And probably each of them was a big improvement at the time.

But wait till you see the one next door!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Do you need any words?




OK, here's an article about why Trump supporters still support him. I quote just a few paragraphs below.

A Complete Psychological Analysis of Trump's Support

Science can help us make sense of the president's political invincibility. 

Posted Dec 27, 2018
"While dozens of psychologists have analyzed Trump, to explain the man’s political invincibility, it is more important to understand the minds of his staunch supporters. While various popular articles have illuminated a multitude of reasons for his unwavering support, there appears to be no comprehensive analysis that contains all of them. Since there seems to be a real demand for this information, I have tried to provide that analysis below.
 "Some of the explanations come from a 2017 review paper published in the Journal of Social and Political Psychology by the psychologist and UC Santa Cruz professor Thomas Pettigrew. Others have been put forth as far back as 2016, by me, in various articles and blog posts for publications like Psychology Today. A number of these were inspired by insights from psychologists like Sheldon Solomon, who laid the groundwork for the influential Terror Management Theory , and David Dunning who did the same for the Dunning-Kruger effect.


"This list will begin with the more benign reasons for Trump’s intransigent support. As the list goes on, the explanations become increasingly worrisome, and toward the end, border on the pathological. It should be strongly emphasized that not all Trump supporters are racist, mentally vulnerable, or fundamentally bad people. It can be detrimental to society when those with degrees and platforms try to demonize their political opponents or paint them as mentally ill when they are not. That being said, it is just as harmful to pretend that there are not clear psychological and neural factors that underlie much of Trump supporters’ unbridled allegiance. 
The psychological phenomena described below mostly pertain to those supporters who would follow Trump off a cliff. These are the people who will stand by his side no matter what scandals come to light, or what sort of evidence for immoral and illegal behavior surfaces.Some of the explanations come from a 2017 review paper published in the Journal of Social and Political Psychology by the psychologist and UC Santa Cruz professor Thomas Pettigrew. Others have been put forth as far back as 2016, by me, in various articles and blog posts for publications like Psychology Today. A number of these were inspired by insights from psychologists like Sheldon Solomon, who laid the groundwork for the influential Terror Management Theory, and David Dunning, who did the same for the Dunning-Kruger effect.
 (see the article for details...)

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Someone lived there


By the size of the parking lot, perhaps this was a business at one time.  But the roped off area says "private property, no turn around." And that's what I was actually doing there.  But I had to capture this poor building, which has certainly seen better days.  I am intrigued how buildings are left to the elements, and what parts of architecture stand up longest.

This wasn't in Black Mountain, but on the road down from Etowah to DuPont State Forest.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Hooker Falls changes

Different flow of water when I visited first in February 2009.  Notice all the rocks that show!




2019 flow much heavier.

Since 2009, many changes have happened.  More parking for one, portapotties for another. (And now I see they are building a real bathroom for visitors, but it wasn't open yet.) A footbridge for people to get from parking lot to the path which goes up to Triple Falls is also pretty new.

For all the 10 years I've been visiting (and not even every year) by driving the 50 miles from my home to that parking lot, there are some fun stories.  Like the February visit with 2 other friends, when I locked my keys in the car, and we waited and waited till AAA came to unlock the car, only to find they hadn't been in my purse in the trunk after all.  They were way down at the bottom of my back jeans pocket.  In the hour that I stood around, one friend at least slid herself around on the icy walk over to the river, but none of us made it to the falls that trip.  I was glad that she got to see the river at least, because I shared some of her "visits to water" in that year, her last in this lifetime.

2019, one of the men who was rafting over the falls!

This year I visited and saw 2 men go over in a kayak and a raft (respectively).  2 years ago I was with my son on his one day visit from Ohio...which certainly was a lovely thing...but a bit hurried of course. We tried waking up to Triple Falls, but I didn't have the stamina for that.  I had done it back in 2009 though!

I may try Triple Falls later in the year.  Who knows.





Friday, January 11, 2019

The bridges over The Little River

What a bit of water was flowing the other day...not at flood any more, but still above regular flow.  All the sand on the paths told that they had also provided beds for water to flow when the rain had been heavy last week.



 I went to Hooker Falls, a much easier path for me!

 The bridge/roadway where all non-foot traffic can go over the river!  It used to be the only crossing, and was quite dangerous for pedestrians!


Walking down to Hooker Falls...it's merely a quarter mile I think.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

A surprise at Hooker Falls

 Unfortunately the video of the man in the raft going over the falls was too big to post here.

 Man gesturing to the falls has just come down them in the orange raft...backward, and fell out at the impact at the bottom.  He quickly got back into raft, and held on to the paddle!

 Woman with 2 children didn't seem to be involved, but was like me, observing this craziness.


 Another man will take the raft back up the river by land, then repeat the process...much like sledding down hills!
It's not just awkward, but apparently heavy too.

The hill coming up from the falls, I noticed the young woman continued to carry her child on her back and climbed this hill without stopping.  I was surprised that I could slowly climb it without stopping also.

 Last look at the falls from the road.

The raft is about to be put in again by the guy who hauled it up the path.


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Flat Creek soothes my soul


 Rapids pour over a new dam that was made in the summertime...and still hasn't fallen to the rushing water or logs of this wet season.


 The waters were certain of their direction, always moving down, around and over rocks that got in their way.


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

To sit on a rock beside the stream

 An easy choice for me, where I can bend to sit, and get back up without falling in the water!

 This rock has been smoothed by the water many years.

 The rough edges of this rock show it hasn't been underwater, or perhaps it's broken apart many times.

Water smooths the edges of rocks, as they tumble against each other for years.