ROOT CELLAR

Oakwood, GA

#1 May 19, 2009
Was is the Hickman area last weekend. What a shame the town has gone down so much. Can understand all utilities and services going up as you have no population to spread the costs over. Flood gates were in as the river is against the seawall. Hadn't seen that in years. I meant to go back another day to take some pictures but it was too depressing. Did have a nice meal at Lakeside on Reelfoot, worth the trip.
David

Monroe, LA

#2 May 19, 2009
ROOT CELLAR wrote:
Was is the Hickman area last weekend. What a shame the town has gone down so much. Can understand all utilities and services going up as you have no population to spread the costs over. Flood gates were in as the river is against the seawall. Hadn't seen that in years. I meant to go back another day to take some pictures but it was too depressing. Did have a nice meal at Lakeside on Reelfoot, worth the trip.
Will you tell us a bit about your Hickman history? There are several of us who post on this site who visit Hickman from time to time. I was also there a couple of weeks ago and spent some time on Reelfoot. We had a meal at Boyettes.

Hickman was my first home and has and will always have a special place in my heart. I was born in the year of the great flood, 1937.
Root Cellar

Chestnut Mountain, GA

#3 May 21, 2009
Not much to tell. Born there, attended school and graduated from FCHS. Left Hickman in 1965 and have lived in three states since then not including my time in the military.
David wrote:
<quoted text>Will you tell us a bit about your Hickman history? There are several of us who post on this site who visit Hickman from time to time. I was also there a couple of weeks ago and spent some time on Reelfoot. We had a meal at Boyettes.
Hickman was my first home and has and will always have a special place in my heart. I was born in the year of the great flood, 1937.
David

Monroe, LA

#4 May 21, 2009
Root Cellar wrote:
Not much to tell. Born there, attended school and graduated from FCHS. Left Hickman in 1965 and have lived in three states since then not including my time in the military.<quoted text>
That is quite a bit to tell us. What states? What military?
River Rat

White Plains, KY

#5 Nov 6, 2009
ROOT CELLAR wrote:
Was is the Hickman area last weekend. What a shame the town has gone down so much. Can understand all utilities and services going up as you have no population to spread the costs over. Flood gates were in as the river is against the seawall. Hadn't seen that in years. I meant to go back another day to take some pictures but it was too depressing. Did have a nice meal at Lakeside on Reelfoot, worth the trip.
I know what you mean it is a sad site it's just our town is dien out and the younger generation is moving out and we have all the older generation and farmers left to do nothing except rebuild in the east part of Hickman My heart cries at the site of the former Hickman down town ruins
Debe Cartwright

Lake Saint Louis, MO

#6 Nov 6, 2009
I agree that downtown Hickman is sad to see. I think about going there as a kid and getting to buy candy at the 5 cent 10 cents store. And the many CHRISTmas parades and Santa Claus Land. I always thought it was sure a cool looking downtown. Even Union City's "then" downtown was so neat but yet, it grew and people/stores/etc... started moving to where the people go.

Wasn't it the Corp of Engineers that caused the bldgs in downtown to crack and start the process of falling apart? Did the owners get paid for this and just chose to retire and not continue in building? I know Dollar General is a new business but is Rumfelt drug store still downtown?

NOw, the business that are there seem to be spread all over instead of one street. But at least people are still trying to make things work.

Since: Oct 09

Benton, KY

#7 Nov 6, 2009
Debe Cartwright wrote:
I agree that downtown Hickman is sad to see. I think about going there as a kid and getting to buy candy at the 5 cent 10 cents store. And the many CHRISTmas parades and Santa Claus Land. I always thought it was sure a cool looking downtown. Even Union City's "then" downtown was so neat but yet, it grew and people/stores/etc... started moving to where the people go.
Wasn't it the Corp of Engineers that caused the bldgs in downtown to crack and start the process of falling apart? Did the owners get paid for this and just chose to retire and not continue in building? I know Dollar General is a new business but is Rumfelt drug store still downtown?
NOw, the business that are there seem to be spread all over instead of one street. But at least people are still trying to make things work.
There are some pictures on here where you can see the cracks in a building. I can't remember what they were trying to do but it was something with the seawall. I know Goalder's insurance moved across the street into the building that was once the Rexall drug store. There is a picture of that too on here. Rumfelt has moved out where the bank and a lot of others are.
Debe Cartwright

Lake Saint Louis, MO

#8 Nov 6, 2009
I remember reading about it in the HIckman Courier years ago but it is a shame that they couldnt' build them back. I am sure the corp of engineers are insured for castrophics like that. vEry sad

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