The Old Cannon Memorial Hospital — Banner Elk, North Carolina

Old Cannon Hospital  -- Banner Elk, NC The old Charles A. Cannon, Jr. Memorial Hospital is located just outside downtown Banner Elk, North Carolina. The hospital was built in 1962 and replaced Grace Hospital III, which was opened in 1932. Old Cannon Hospital  -- Banner Elk, NC
The building has been sitting vacant since 1999 when the hospital merged with a neighboring hospital in nearby Linville.
Old Cannon Hospital  -- Banner Elk, NC Old Cannon Hospital  -- Banner Elk, NC

Old Cannon Hospital  -- Banner Elk, NC The pictures including in this article thus far were all taken on July 31, 2017. The following pictures were taken in the fall of 2012. As you can see, the building has definitely had a rough five years. Old Cannon Hospital (2012) -- Banner Elk, NC
Old Cannon Hospital (2012) -- Banner Elk, NC

So Long My Friend. Saying Goodbye to Oak Hollow Mall

Oak Hollow Mall -- High Point, NC If there are two things in this life I am the first would be a nerd and the second would be sentimental. When I lived in Greensboro, this mall was a pretty happening place. It wasnt as busy and overwhelmingly big as Four Seasons in Greensboro or Haynes Mall in Winston. It was just right. Plus, it had a Steve and Barry’s. Oak Hollow Mall -- High Point, NC
On Januiary 6, 2017, High Point University, the owner of the mall announced that the mall would finally close its doors on March 10th. The press release blamed Sears decision to close their call center located at the mall and the Universities inability to rebuild the malls tennant base.
Oak Hollow Mall -- High Point, NC
I won’t go into a huge history of the mall, I did that in a post on this very blog last year when I visited the mall at that time. That post can be found by clicking HERE.
The main focus of this entry is a pure photo documentation of Oak Hollow Mall in its final days.
Oak Hollow Mall -- High Point, NC Oak Hollow Mall -- High Point, NC
The Dillard’s Clearance store is owned by Dillard’s and will remain open.
Oak Hollow Mall -- High Point, NC Oak Hollow Mall -- High Point, NC
Oak Hollow Mall -- High Point, NC Oak Hollow Mall -- High Point, NC
Oak Hollow Mall -- High Point, NC Oak Hollow Mall -- High Point, NC
Oak Hollow Mall -- High Point, NC Oak Hollow Mall -- High Point, NC
Oak Hollow Mall -- High Point, NC The university opperates a community center inside the former JC Penney store. This community center will remain after the mall has closed. Oak Hollow Mall -- High Point, NC
Oak Hollow Mall -- High Point, NC
So long Oak Hollow Mall, thank you for the memories.

The Earle Theater — Mount Airy, North Carolina

The Earle Theater is located at 142 North Main Street in downtown Mount Airy, North Carolina.
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The theater was opened for the first time in 1938 and had a seating capacity of 600, operated by the Stuart and Everett chain of theaters.
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By the late 70s multiplex theaters had arrived in northwest North Carolina and by 1980 the competition was just too much and the Earle Theater closed for business.
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n 1990, Stewart and Everett Theatres donated the theatre to Surry Arts Council. The theatre was in great disrepair and after countless hours of volunteer work, the theatre got a new lease on life, reopening as the Downtown Cinema Theatre. The Surry Arts Council operates the theatre five nights a week, showing movies at a 3.00 admission. The theatre is also available for other activities. By 2011, it was known again as the Earle Theatre

Kmart — Mayberry Mall (1976-2016)

Kmart -- Mount Airy, North Carolina This Kmart is located at 100 Mayberry Mall in the town of Mount Airy, North Carolina. Kmart -- Mount Airy, North Carolina
First a little history on Mayberry Mall. The mall opened in 1968 anchored by Winn Dixie and WT Grant’s Grant City. The Kmart opened in 1976 after WT Grant’s Grant City, which was the original anchor in this spot closed in 1975. in 1970 Belk joined the mall, and in 1987 JC Penney moved into the mall.
Kmart -- Mount Airy, North Carolina In late September it was announced that 64 more Kmart stores would close. Among these stores was the store at Mayberry Mall. Kmart -- Mount Airy, North Carolina
Kmart -- Mount Airy, North Carolina This store closes for good today, December 11, 2016. Once it is closed the last of the mall Kmart stores in North Carolina will be gone. At one time there were several mall Kmart stores in the state including ones in Eden, Hendersonville and Roanoke Rapids. Kmart -- Mount Airy, North Carolina

Little Switzerland, North Carolina 28749

Little Switzerland is located in Mitchell and McDowell Counties in Western North Carolina just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. The elevation is around 3,200 feet.
Little Switzerland, North Carolina
The immediate area was settled in 1909 and Little Switzerland was founded in 1909. In 1927 the first Post Office was built.

Fuji Instax Wide Meets The Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway A couple of weeks ago my best friend and I took a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway from Town Mountain Road in Asheville up to Little Switzerland.  I took my Fuji Instax Wide along for the trip and got some pretty good results. The Blue Ridge Parkway
Mount Mitchell, North Carolina The Fuji Instax film definitely loves to bring out the blues and greens. The Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Savings Bank (1978-2011) — Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville, North Carolina

As an avid urban explorer and back roads traveler often times I come across buildings and signs that appear to be much older than they really are. Until last weekend I honestly hadnt explored Asheville or the area beyond driving through the town on interstate 40 and Interstate 26. When I came across this building with the perfectly visible ghost sign of Blueridge Savings Bank I just knew I had found a gem with all kinds of neat history and stories to share. Boy was I wrong. In fact, the Blue Ridge Savings Bank wasnt even much older than myself.  The bank itself is located in the Jackson Building, the first skyscraper built in Western North Carolina.  The 140 foot, 15 story building was completed in 1924.


In 1978, a group of more than 50 stockholders opened Blue Ridge Savings and Loan on Smoky Park Highway, the present location of the West Asheville Branch office. These stockholders were a diverse group of local business owners, merchants, farmers, developers, and others who took pride in encouraging savings.
In October 2011 the bank became the 78th bank to fail as a result of the great recession and financial crisis of 2008. At the time of closing by the state of North Carolina regulators the bank had 10 branches. All of these branches reopened as Bank of North Carolina except for the main office pictured above.