Al Capone, Johnson City, and the Roaring 20s

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Hillbillyboy

United States

#1 Jan 5, 2014
Anybody know anything about Capones Johnson City adventures, or Old Johnson City in general, in that era? An yold legends or tales?

Or best yet, any old Photos of the interior of the Windsor Hotel in that time?
Gobel

Kingsport, TN

#2 Jan 5, 2014
http://www.johnsonsdepot.com/chicago/chicago.... Here is a good place to start. If you don't want to click the link, just Google "Johnsons Depot".
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Banner Elk, NC

#3 Jan 6, 2014
Very cool link. Thanks for that.
Hillbillyboy

United States

#4 Jan 6, 2014
Gobel wrote:
http://www.johnsonsdepot.com/c hicago/chicago.htm Here is a good place to start. If you don't want to click the link, just Google "Johnsons Depot".
Thats a good site.Iits amazing how much of the old city from Capones time, is still around, isnt it?
Hillbillyboy

United States

#5 Jan 6, 2014
Oh, I forgot to add, I think from looking at the historic photos, that the building where Freibergs German resturant is today (fountain square), was once a bank...and the oldest building still standing in JC?

It was around before 1880 if the site photos and explanations of historic buildings is correct.
Gobel

Kingsport, TN

#6 Jan 6, 2014
Glad you guys like the site. It's really hard to get much history anymore, since the Capone days were so long ago and few people are alive to remember it. I do remember hearing a tale about moonshine being loaded on the trains at the old depot. I think one of the oldest buildings downtown is the one that houses The Korean Taco House and a shoe store. The building has a date at the top of it and I think it is 1888. Back in the early 1900's the streets were paved with bricks from the Peebles Brick company. I noticed Mr. Cox, who created the site has a book about the history of Johnson City, with a link to buy it on Amazon. No, I'm not a promoter, just thought you all might like it! Anybody here remember Brickyard Holler, Milhorn's Grocery, the old Stock yard, or Beryl Collins' store? Johnson City sure was a nice place to be a kid back in the 50's and 60's!
I'm sure you folks have some good stories to tell......let's hear them!
Hillbillyboy

United States

#7 Jan 7, 2014
Yeah, the Korean Taco place. That seems to be the end of an older building sort of cut off, dont it?

Is that the remaining end of the building that once was Jobes Opera House?
Gobel

Kingsport, TN

#8 Jan 8, 2014
Hillbillyboy wrote:
Yeah, the Korean Taco place. That seems to be the end of an older building sort of cut off, dont it?
Is that the remaining end of the building that once was Jobes Opera House?
I don't think so, Hillbilly. From what I gather, Jobes was more or less across the road from that building. More or less where the modern day fountain is now. I'm probably wrong. Sure is hard to put the old pictures in perspective. I think the area of the old Jobes became the Hotel Windsor, but then again, I may be wrong. I do remember the Hotel Windsor from my early days. They had one of the first color tv's back then, but ran us kids off when we hung around. I think it may have had something to do with the prostitutes hanging around in the lobby. Before the Windsor was the Hotel Pardue and I think it was at the same locale. Amazing, ain't it? So much information is long gone and we can only fill in the blanks.
Hillbilly Boy

United States

#9 Jan 9, 2014
Gobel wrote:
<quoted text>I don't think so, Hillbilly. From what I gather, Jobes was more or less across the road from that building. More or less where the modern day fountain is now. I'm probably wrong. Sure is hard to put the old pictures in perspective. I think the area of the old Jobes became the Hotel Windsor, but then again, I may be wrong. I do remember the Hotel Windsor from my early days. They had one of the first color tv's back then, but ran us kids off when we hung around. I think it may have had something to do with the prostitutes hanging around in the lobby. Before the Windsor was the Hotel Pardue and I think it was at the same locale. Amazing, ain't it? So much information is long gone and we can only fill in the blanks.
Here is a link to a website that us history buffs find interesting.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/archivesofappala...

The first phot is of fountain square. You can see the "Lady of the Fountain" statue, and to the left are the buildings where Freibergs and Mels coin shop are today.

Note the sign that reads "Hardware", for that is where Jobes theatee was. Gumps Hardware occupied the first floor, and Jobes Opera house the second floor. The Windsor Hotel was standing across the street from where Jobes was.

As I notice the cornice work along the ediface of the facade of the Jobes building in the old photos, it looks like a small portion of that same style cornice work is still evident where the Korean Taco place is today. So,I couldnt help but wonder whether a small end portion of the Jobes building is actually still standing?

After all, the decoration on the cornice that stands today, does say 1888, and we know that Jobes was standing there in 1888. Two buildings cant occupy the same space at the same time, so I just had to wonder if maybe the end section of Jobes is still around?

But, like you say, its easy to get turned around looking at photos of fountain square from more than a century past, and comparing it to today. Thats true enough.

You can place your curser on the photo in the link, and directional arrows will appear. This will help you navigate the site to see more historic photos of Old Johnson City.

Cheers
History

United States

#10 Feb 23, 2014
This is so interesting.
Little

United States

#11 Feb 25, 2014
This is one of the best links I have seen on this site.
Gobel

Kingsport, TN

#12 Feb 25, 2014
Hillbilly Boy wrote:
<quoted text>
Here is a link to a website that us history buffs find interesting.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/archivesofappala...
The first phot is of fountain square. You can see the "Lady of the Fountain" statue, and to the left are the buildings where Freibergs and Mels coin shop are today.
Note the sign that reads "Hardware", for that is where Jobes theatee was. Gumps Hardware occupied the first floor, and Jobes Opera house the second floor. The Windsor Hotel was standing across the street from where Jobes was.
As I notice the cornice work along the ediface of the facade of the Jobes building in the old photos, it looks like a small portion of that same style cornice work is still evident where the Korean Taco place is today. So,I couldnt help but wonder whether a small end portion of the Jobes building is actually still standing?
After all, the decoration on the cornice that stands today, does say 1888, and we know that Jobes was standing there in 1888. Two buildings cant occupy the same space at the same time, so I just had to wonder if maybe the end section of Jobes is still around?
But, like you say, its easy to get turned around looking at photos of fountain square from more than a century past, and comparing it to today. Thats true enough.
You can place your curser on the photo in the link, and directional arrows will appear. This will help you navigate the site to see more historic photos of Old Johnson City.
Cheers
Hillbilly, that's a great link! I spent about an hour going thru the old pics! Call me an old nostalgic fart, but it is ever so cool. Thank you.

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