Wednesday, August 09, 2006

See Ruby Falls and Meramec Caverns

nce a Rock City barn, this has changed to advertise Ruby Falls and Meramec Caverns. If you live in the not-so-deep south, if you were to think of an advertising barn, you'd think of the many "See Rock City" barns that used to be all over the countryside. This barn used to be one of those. At some point, however, their rival barn-painting (albeit not so prolific) tourist trap from Lookout mountain were permitted to repaint this barn with a "See Ruby Falls" message in their colors of red and turquoise.

This barn is on U.S. Highway 41 right on your map where it says Noah, TN in Coffee County, just north of Manchester. With the construction of Interstate 24 about 40 years ago, this highway is less often used now. So this was probably painted before then, and would have been a rock city barn before that. Rock City Paint was some high quality mixture, and has been known to outlast many things. Is it possible that the ruby falls paint has chipped just enough that the Rock City white is beginning to show? I think you can make out the letters of Rock City along the bottom of this barn. You can click on the picture to enlarge it.

See Ruby Falls


Now, on to the other side. Meramec Caverns is indeed along the Mother Road, the Old Route 66, so now think how long ago this was probably painted. The newer barns for Meramec Caverns tell you it's located off I-44. These ads are plentiful in Missouri, but many of the remaining painted barns in the south are for Rock City.

Meramec Caverns Barn

See Jessie James


U.S. 66 STANTON, MO lists this as #RFB 42-16-01 and #AdB 42-16-01
In the Jenkins Book: Page 71.
In the Simmons Book: Ruby Falls side, page 60-61; Meramec side, Back Cover and Page 67.
See it on a map here.
An alternate view from quillus is HERE.
Lat & Lon: 35o34'33.96" N / 86o11'31.68" W


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