MC Napier High School — Perry County, Kentucky

Ive passed the school many times. I can remember when MC Napier High School and Dilce Combs High School merged to form Perry County Central. I was in my early years of high school then and I can remember watching the news on channel 57 detailing all of the new amenities the students would have at the new high school. I was envious.
Former M.C. Napier High School
Before I dive into the specifics of MC Napier, Im going to speak a bit about it’s counterpart, Dilce Combs High School located on the other side of the county is basically a twin structure to MC Napier, but unlike the 3 story MC Napier High School Dilce Combs was two stories. That building is currently occupied by local offices.
Former M.C. Napier High School MC Napier High School opened in 1953 and was named for local educator Mitchell Campbell Napier who was instrumental in securing WPA funds for the school district building plan during his tenure as the county Superintendent. Former M.C. Napier High School
The MC Napier High School was closed alongside Dilce Combs High School in 1995 when they were merged to form the newly opened Perry County Central High School. After the MC Napier grounds ceased operation as a high school the county district continued to utilize it as an Alternative School until 2005.
Former M.C. Napier High School The school was sold in 2007 at auction to a private entity. Former M.C. Napier High School
Today the school stands gutted, fallen victim to vandalism and the elements.
Former M.C. Napier High School Former M.C. Napier High School

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Mount Rogers Combined School — Grayson County, Virginia

Former Mount Rogers School -- Grayson County, Virginia Mount Rogers combined school was located along US 58 near Whitetop, Virginia in Western Grayson County. The original part of the building was constructed in the 1930s. Former Mount Rogers School -- Grayson County, Virginia
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The building served grades K-12 and at the time of its closing was one of only 2 k-12 facilities left in the state.
Former Mount Rogers School -- Grayson County, Virginia In the early 1950s the school recieved a major addition including a gymnasium and lunchroom.

Former Mount Rogers School -- Grayson County, Virginia Former Mount Rogers School -- Grayson County, Virginia
Former Mount Rogers School -- Grayson County, Virginia Former Mount Rogers School -- Grayson County, Virginia

The playground equipment remains on site and appears to be regularly used, probably by neighborhood children.
Former Mount Rogers School -- Grayson County, Virginia Former Mount Rogers School -- Grayson County, Virginia
Former Mount Rogers School -- Grayson County, Virginia
The schools closing and consolidation was met with resistance of locals in the area worried about longer bus rides for children across curvy winding mountain roads.   Finally on August 10, 2010, Grayson Highlands School opened, leaving Mt Rogers Combined School closed and a part of Grayson County’s past.

Long John Silvers — E. Stone Drive, Kingsport, TN (1986-2016)

This Long John Silvers located at 1336 East Stone Drive in Kingsport was built in 1986 and replaced a much smaller store located just up the street that now serves as a car lot.   The original East Stone Drive Long John Silvers was built in 1971.  This location closed in February of this year.
Long John Silver's -- Kingsport, Tennessee

Long John Silver's -- Kingsport, Tennessee

Long John Silver's -- Kingsport, Tennessee

Long John Silver's -- Kingsport, Tennessee

Long John Silver's -- Kingsport, Tennessee

Wrigley Elementary — Morgan County, Kentucky

Wrigley Elementary was built in the community of Wrigley in Morgan County about 8 miles north of the county seat of West Liberty near the intersection of state routes 7 and 711.
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The building was built in 1936 as part of the WPA (works progress administration) and was constructed of cut stone similar to many school buildings in eastern Kentucky of this vintage including the schools at Ages (Harlan County) and Cannel City (Morgan County)
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In 2007 Morgan County consolidated three schools into West Liberty Elementary leaving this building closed to students. In 2012 that school was destroyed by the devastating West Liberty tornado. A school was rebuilt between the communities of West Liberty and Wrigley and named Wrigley Elementary. That new facility opened in January 2014.

Former Post Office — Iaeger, West Virginia

Along with nearly everything else, and I do mean everything else, even the United States Post Office for Iaeger has left the “downtown” business district of the town.
Former Post Office -- Iaeger, WV
The town still has a post office, although it has now moved out onto the main road, US 52 near the Dollar General store.

Drift, Kentucky 41619

Drift, Kentucky is located along state highway 122 between the towns of Martin and McDowell in Floyd County.
Former Post Office -- Drift, Kentucky
The post office at drift was first established in 1909. The origins of the name DRIFT are unclear, but many think that it was named for a local coal mine or after driftwood found in the nearby left fork of Beaver Creek.

The United States Postal Service discontinued service at the Drift Post Office on September 12, 2009.

Turfland Mall (1967-2008) — Lexington, Kentucky

Turfland Mall is probably the least talked about and remembered of Lexington’s four enclosed shopping malls.
Turfland Mall Map -- Lexington, KY

The mall  first opened at 2033 Harrodsburg Road as Lexington’s first enclosed shopping mall in August of 1967, that’s right, before Fayette Mall and even before the old Lexington Mall.   The original anchors were Grant City, McAplin’s and Montgomery Ward.   Grant City was the first of the anchors to close in 1976.  That space was quickly filled by JC Penney.  JC Penney would remain in this space until 1993 when the newer and rapidly growing Fayette Mall’s location of Hess Department Store Closed.  JC Penney moved to Fayette Mall.
Turfland Mall -- Lexington, Kentucky Turfland Mall was sold in 1997 and a 5 million dollar renovation project began.  In 1998 McAlpins was sold to Dillard’s and later that year the old JC Penney Space was then replaced by a Dillard’s Home Store. Turfland Mall -- Lexington, Kentucky
In December of 1990 the two screen theater at Turfland Mall was closed.
Turfland Mall -- Lexington, KY Montgomery Ward closed at Turfland Mall in 2000 and its space was reconfigured for use by a new Home Depot Store. On December 31, 2007 it was announced that Dillard’s would close both stores at Turfland Mall.   The Dillard’s Home Store closed in April of 2008 with the main Dillard’s store remaining in operation until June 22, 2008.  The final remaining retail unit remained in operation at Turfland mall was GNC.  The GNC store closed on July 31, 2008.  The mall closed to the public on October 1, 2008. Turfland Mall Demolition -- Lexington, Kentucky

In February of 2014 demolition began and the mall was razed.  The Lexington Herald Leader done a very nice job covering the demolition and included a complete photo set to document the mall’s demolition.  That article can be found by clicking HERE
The site is now home to UK Healthcare at Turfland. Nice that they continued the use of the old name. 🙂