South Gay Street in Knoxville

Trip Start Apr 06, 2014
Trip End Apr 20, 2014

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Left the campground early to drive back to Knoxville by 9:00 am. Downtown Knoxville is RV- friendly or at least large van-friendly as there were plenty of parking spaces in open lots - $10 per day. I headed down South Gay Street, the downtown street where many tourist attractions are found.

The East Tennessee History Center is an excellent museum which presents the history of the eastern third of the state and its mountain peoples from the early native Americans to the beginnings of the modern-day Smokey Mountains tourist trade. Many stories are told through audio and video, while text and artifacts were carefully chosen to demonstrate important points. I appreciated the section that discussed the hillbilly stereotype which was primarily created by writers from elsewhere as well as musicians and comics. I left with the definite understanding that the eastern third of the state always has been very different from the rest of Tennessee.

At the end of Gay Street is the Knoxville Visitor Center. At noon on weekdays the WDVX radio station broadcasts an hour-long show, The Blue Plate Special, from the Center. Today's show featured two musicians who sang, played, and were interviewed. Traci met me for the show and then we walked two blocks over to Market Square for a southern lunch at Tupelo Honey Cafe. Back on Gay Street I checked out the Mast General Store.

I finished the day at Camping World. The service department diagnosed my stove problem as a valve that needs to be replaced. Since they didn't have the part, I'll stop in Rockford on the way home.
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Diane on

You are visiting some very interesting places! Enjoying your posts.

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