Gut Rumbles

April 26, 2006


When is the last time you saw one of these?

I remember them well from my childhood. But I haven't been to Tennessee in a while. Do they still exist?


I remeber seeing a lot of barns painted with advertisement for mail pouch chewing tobacco when I was a kid.

Posted by: lefty on April 26, 2006 08:05 PM

i see a couple every time i go see my grandparents up in north alabama

Posted by: martin on April 26, 2006 08:24 PM

I didn't see that paticular one but we were visiting Tennessee last week and they have abundant roadside signage.
I love the south, I think I should move.

Posted by: bbuddha on April 26, 2006 08:37 PM

They are all over the place in Wisconsin.

Posted by: livey on April 26, 2006 08:37 PM

There's still a few around. They used to be ubiquitous though. I remember the old guy who painted a ton of them retiring about 10 or 12 years ago. And, of course, there's my take on Rock City for the not faint of heart.

Posted by: Velociman on April 26, 2006 09:04 PM

There's a barn I see on my way to my folks house that has the Confederate flag painted on the roof and a big cross in the yard. And this is in OHIO!

Posted by: Ralph Gizzip on April 26, 2006 09:07 PM

.... yes, they are still around.... I pass two on the way to my local Taco Bell....

Posted by: Eric on April 26, 2006 09:16 PM

The last run I made through Tennessee on the Interstate, I didn't see many barn roof signs.
Of course the way the highway departments are putting up these lines of trees along the Interstates, we are not seeing that many barns anymore, either.

Posted by: Peter on April 26, 2006 09:20 PM

One of the sites that I came across while I was looking for a picture for that post, attributed much of their demise to Ladybird Johnson and her highway beautification act.

Thanks for stopping by A-man

Posted by: Mrite on April 26, 2006 09:25 PM

Heh. A friend of my wife's stepsister has a house outside of Chattanooga and there was one of those barns next to the road (a state highway, IIRC) not far from their driveway.

I guess that was maybe two years ago that I saw it.

Posted by: McGehee on April 26, 2006 09:39 PM

Yep, I traveled from Murfreesboro to Chattanooga just a week and a half ago and they are all over I-24.
Here is a link to info about the roof signs...

Posted by: mountainmama on April 26, 2006 10:57 PM

There are several old barns in my county in southern IL that still have the old faded ads painted on the roofs. There is one about 5 miles down the highway from my house with the Mail Pouch chewing tobacco ad still on it.

Posted by: Cindi on April 27, 2006 01:53 AM

There are still some in Missouri. Mostly advertising caves.

Posted by: Titan Mk6B on April 27, 2006 09:24 AM

We still have 'em.

Posted by: Tennessee Budd on April 27, 2006 01:10 PM

I've got my "See Rock City" birdhouse to look at.

Posted by: Jonboy on April 27, 2006 02:25 PM

They're still here in TN and I actually saw a birdhouse made like one yesterday.

Haven't seen any Mail Pouch barns in awhile though.

Posted by: Deliverance on April 27, 2006 02:53 PM

There are still a few around here in the Maritimes as well... I think the last one I remember seeing was in PEI...but that was awhile ago.

Posted by: Lisa on April 27, 2006 04:24 PM

Once you get up into the North Georgia mountains, there are a few around. When Stephanie and the kids went a couple of years back, they brought me back one of the bird house kits, which hangs proudly in my front yard now, just like a good redneck.

Posted by: Richard on April 27, 2006 08:04 PM
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