When you see Rock City you see the best by lynell

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Rock City officially opened as a public attraction on May 21, 1932. Soon after, Garnet Carter enlisted the help of a young sign painter named Clark Byers, who was hired to travel the nation’s highways and offer to paint farmers’ barns in exchange for letting them paint three simple words: See Rock City. The distinctive black-and-white signs appeared as far north as Michigan and as far west as Texas.


On US 411 west of intersection with Rt 66 by 3.2 miles.Sevier Co TN


  • pat gamwell
    pat gamwellover 3 years ago

    This is sooooo cool! Thanks for the info…terrific advertising!

  • Diane Trummer Sullivan
    Diane Trummer ...over 3 years ago

    NICE Find!

  • Robert H Carney
    Robert H Carneyover 3 years ago

    Don’t see these much any more!

  • No Robert you don’t I am trying to find all those in my area to photograph. There are still quite a few in Tennessee

    – lynell

  • seeya
    seeyaover 3 years ago

    I love these old signs painted on barns – looks like it is in really good shape!. The flag adds another wonderful element. Sandy

  • Thank you. Yes it is very well maintained. They are getting very rare to find any more.

    – lynell

  • John Schneider
    John Schneiderover 3 years ago

    Americana! Well done!! Good luck on your continuing quest! – john

  • Thank you John!

    – lynell

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariover 3 years ago

    Clever work and interesting narrative Lynell!! Amazing story!! :)))

  • Thank you so much Vicki.

    – lynell

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 3 years ago

    I love signs and captures like this!! Excellent!

  • Thank you,, I love finding them.

    – lynell

  • withacanon
    withacanonover 3 years ago


  • RickDavis
    RickDavisover 3 years ago

    Great photo of the barn sign painting and for explaining how it was done,,,,Rick

  • Thank you !!

    – lynell

  • Thomas Barker-Detwiler
    Thomas Barker-...over 3 years ago

    As my parents would drive us across the country back in the late 40’ and 50’s we would look for these (Red Dog) and others with great anticipation. Love your image, Tom

  • thanks Thomas, there are still some of them out there, I love finding them

    – lynell

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