MUSHY'S MOOCHINGS: YOU'VE NEVER BEEN TO BRUSHY MOUNTAIN STATE PEN?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

YOU'VE NEVER BEEN TO BRUSHY MOUNTAIN STATE PEN?

Couldn't believe it, but Judy, born and raised in Harriman, had never been to Petros to see the old Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary! So, on Thursday, that gloriously gloomy day, we took a little road trip from the house up Bitter Creek way, and turned onto Coal Creek Road and went to Coalfield, Tennessee.

In Coalfield we turned back toward Wartburg, Tennessee on 62 and then off onto 116 to Petros. The prison sets against the farthest mountain you can see driving back through Petros and is still guarded, but there is no public access.

I talked to the guard and an old gentleman standing at the main gate for a bit. The guard said there were a few tours just after the prison was closed, but nothing was being allowed in at this time. I told them of my 70's visit, when the prisoners had been moved to Nashville, and about Geronimo, the whitetail buck that was once a pet of the inmates. The older fellow remembered the deer and we enjoyed reminiscing about that little known fact, and the guard added that there were currently about 6 deer living within the fences at Brushy.

Even though the light was not perfect for photography, it was a good day for a circuit through Roane and Morgan Counties. It seems we look for more and more things to get us out of the house lately. The weather has locked us away much too long. After all, there is just too much beauty in our East Tennessee backyard to stay in all winter!

We passed the prison and rode up a way on Bald Knob Road, past three sandstone cones of rock just on the side of the road. Apparently these piers of rock are capped with a much harder layer of stone. After the road was cut by them, the elements have eroded them from the side facing the road. They make a very colorful addition to the area's beauty.

I didn't stop to take any photos, but we did notice that this hollow has a great abundance of Rebel Flags and Camaros!

Leaving Hwy 116, we turned back west toward Wartburg and then made a southerly turn onto Liberty Road over to Mossy Grove, and on back down Hwy 27/29 to Bitter Creek, completing the circle.

10 comments:

Suldog said...

Tours of old prisons and jails are one of the most interesting things to do, IMHO. My Dad was once a guard at the old Charles Street Jail in Boston, so perhaps that colored my perceptions from an early age :-)

Mushy said...

Fodder for another Sully post!

BRUNO said...

Love the "look" of those sandstone-outcroppings! About the same sort of view in Iron County, MO., except it's IRON-ore deposits. And it's typically a "dead"-area, when it comes to signals, like cell, radio, TV, etc., because of those hillsides full of "leftovers".

Jerry in Indiana said...

Mushy, You are a great photographer. Love the photos.

Scott from Oregon said...

I love rebel flags and Camaros!!

Mushy said...

Thanks Jerry!

I'll come visit you Scott when you move there.

FHB said...

The place is too pretty to put a prison. But then you don't have too many ugly spots around there, do ya?

*Goddess* said...

Wait a minute....the state pen? Isn't that where you told me you met Judy?



LOLOLOL!

Mushy said...

Yeah, she used to bring me cigarettes and give me kisses on the Plexiglas between us, while you just watched in envy.

*Goddess* said...

If the conjugal visit trailer is a rockin' don't come a knockin'...