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Deborah
Posted on Sunday, February 22, 2004 - 07:54 pm:   

From the Knoxville news...

''SEE ROCK CITY'' BARN PAINTER DIES Clark Byers, who painted "See Rock City" on barns in 19 states, has died at 89.

Byers braved charging bulls, slippery roofs and lightning to adorn rural barns with his advertising message for three decades.

The Trenton, Georgia resident died this week. His funeral is this afternoon in Trenton.

Byers began in 1937, offering to paint the barns of farmers who allowed him to add "See Rock City" to the roofs. He also gave them souvenirs from the Lookout Mountain, Georgia tourist attraction.

By the time he retired in 1969, Byers had painted about 900 barns.

Among the slogans, "To miss Rock City would be a pity."

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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, February 22, 2004 - 08:12 pm:   

I got a fortune in veins
policeman's asking for my name
His flashlight's driving me insane
it glitters!
He says Hey man
what you been taking
I said Nothing,
I'm just faking
he says, Baby,
you mistaken...
and I said all I wanna do is just....

See Rock City
(Aw, it's so damn pretty!)
See Rock City
See Rock City
before I grow too old to stroll....
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Lou Anders
Posted on Sunday, February 22, 2004 - 08:58 pm:   

I'm actually quite touched by this.
As a child, my folks would take my brother and me from Birmingham, passed Sequoyah Caverns, to Rock City and the Chattanooga ChooChoo, to Gatlinburgh. In retrospect, it was a trip chocked full of Americana cheese, but at the time, it had the import of a pilgrimage to mecca.
Hats off to Clark Byers!
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Deborah
Posted on Sunday, February 22, 2004 - 10:39 pm:   

Good tune, Lucius.

Lou, we made the pilgrimmage from Cleveland to Birmingham a couple of times a year after we'd moved north and when I'd start seeing those signs, I'd know we were getting close. The signs still make me smile.

All these years I never knew the story behind them, so I thought that item was interesting.

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