Rock City Barn
Debra and Dave Vanderlaan
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"Rock City Barn" by Debra and Dave Vanderlaan... One of the famous See Rock City barns, found along a back country road in northern Georgia... These barns are iconic, painted for advertisements of the famous tourist attraction called Rock City. Autumn colors decorate the leaves in the trees surrounding the old barn and the grasses in the fields are tinged in reds and oranges. There were hundreds of these barns in the Smoky Mountains of Appalachia, roofs painted to advertise the famous Rock City. Since 1935, they have stood as genuine highway Americana, their bold white-on-black signs compelling both snowbirds and Sunday drivers to a spot near Chattanooga, Tennessee, where they could �See Rock City�.
But the Rock City barns that once dotted the map from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico are disappearing, bowing to time�s decay or being replaced by other marketing mediums.
In 2005, Rock City marked the 70th anniversary since the barns first appeared as advertising icons, fewer than 100 remain out of a rural network that once numbered near 900. Clark Byers painted the barns for three decades and became a legend in his own right by braving bulls, slippery roofs and lightning bolts. When he retired in 1969, he had painted some 900 barns in 19 states. He died in 2004. His successor, Jerry Cannon, has handled the brushwork on the barns that Rock City still maintains.
April 16th, 2014
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