November 24, 2003 Trip to Clinton, AL


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Arriving at what used to be the Eutaw-Clinton Exit on I-20.








There never was really anything at this exit, but do they have to broadcast it to the world???


Twin Oaks Plantation, one of many restored homes in the area.


Twin Oaks is about half way between Eutaw and Clinton on Highway 14.


Towards the south...





This is the road leading into what used to be Clinton. There used to be a "Clinton" sign here, but I guess it fell down and they decided not to put it back up. This is coming up on the new bridge. The state decided to build a new bridge over the creek, and it was built to the south (left) of the old bridge. This moved the road considerably into my Grandmother's house side yard, and caused the old store on her property to be moved.





The creek headed north...


...and south.


From the new bridge, you can see the church in the far distance, and the new King's Store on the right. The "original" Kings Store that I remember from the 1970's was destroyed to make the intersection of highway 39 and 14 wider. This was a waste of a great little area of Alabama real estate. The old store that was to the south of 14 was moved to the original King's Store location in the 1980's when all of the road construction took place.


The photographer takes a lop-sided self portrait from the hood of the car.


The "new" King's Store. Still looks much like the old "Eatman Store" from across the street.








The old postoffice is still there, with a long ago abandoned building to the right. There were several other old building that used to line the area, but they are long gone.


Old flag pole at the PO.


View to the south from the postoffice. Eatman house in distant and King/Sisk house straight ahead.


This is the wide intersection that did away with many of the old structures of "downtown" Clinton.


Continuing out to the West on 14, this is the property behind the King/Sisk house where many a summer garden were maintained and in the distant tress several treehouses were built.


Only real "new" thing in the area was a new school near the old church.


Church still looks just like it always did. The ramp is a recent addition, but the building still seems to be in farily good shape.








Same old key hole. We used to hide the key near the front steps. It has long since been moved!


Fire ants still make the area home...


Nice new outhouse...


From the west, a little beyond the church, headed back into town.


Memories of treehouses...


...and pulley rides to the south.


Heading up the main road into "residential Clinton" the King/Sisk home.


What used to be the dirt road is now a concrete driveway.


My grandmother's home, the Eatman House to the east of the old road. It is now owned by Frances King Baird who with Robert Baired, owned King Store. They lease the Eatman house to the Green County Hunting Club. You can imagine how well they have taken care of the old place...


It's hard to believe how much care she used to take of the yard. It looks nothing like it used to.


This is the old water tower. We took about 40 feet of ladder off the tower in 1976 for my treehouse ladder in Memphis.


The living room on the south end of the house.


This was the little bathroom. It sure seemed a lot bigger than that when I was 11 in 1975.


View back to the King/Sisk house.


One of two little houses that are left on the property. These were used for storage in the 70's but long ago were used for servant's quarters.


Looking over to the south to the Baird house.


This used to be my great grandmother Katie Eatman's room. It was such a nice room back then. The creek took most of it way in the early 80's and now deer are dressed in her room.


This was the doorway between the back area where Katie's room was and the back part of the main house. It never looked like this when we were living there. At least the hunters don't drink...








On of the main bedrooms. It all seemed so much larger back then. The closed door to the right was my room. It had the "Cannon Ball" bed in it, and it was a great place for an 11 year old kid to stay, sleep, and deam in.


Den...


More of what used to be the den.





The house had what seemed to be HUGE back poarches. Turns out they were not as big as I remembered, but it sure was fun to sit out there on a Sunday afternoon and read the comics in the paper...


And look at all of the neat glass things my grandmother had out there. Nothing like that is here anymore!


The kitchen has not changed in design much, but my grandmother was a very tidy housekeeper!


The little pantry was always stocked...


...and the dining room never looked like this.

















This is the well behind the King/Sisk home - it's still running which is truly hard to believe.


This is the back of the King/Sisk house.





This was the Sisk house when Cousin Clara King lived in the other house.





Inside the garage.


This is the carport on the Sisk house, and this is where fishing rods were stored. One time in about 1975, was running with Lynn and Kim Sisk through here, I think to sling mudballs out into the graden in back. Well, there was a fishing line with a hook hanging from the pole storage area at just about eye level. It caught me in the left eye lid and forced me to stop running. I pulled it out of the eye lid, and just kept on playing. In 1988, I had a detailed eye exam and the doctor asked me when I had eye surgery. No sugery, just a scratch from an old fish hook. Glad it did not get infected or anything...


Store and post office across the highway.





More ants...


Frances King Baird. Her house is one past the Eatman house on the left side of what was once the old dirt road. She and husband Robert Baird ran King's Store for many years. I went to Clinton during the summer of 1979 when I was 15 to spend the summer with them working at the store.





She was so exicted to have a visitor! She wanted me to see everything in the house.








I think this is her favorite spot, however!

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Near her chair is a momento of their 50th anniversary. Click the photo for a higher resolution version.





Back of the Baird house.


Headed out the old dirt road...


This is more like I remember. Road used to be traveled quite a bit as several people rented houses from the King family back here.





Looking back to the Barid house. To the right is where all of the adventures on the creek took place. I remembered all of this as being so much bigger than it was. I guess 10 year old legs have to walk harder than mine do now.


This was Amos Scarborough's house. It's the only little house still left back here. It's hard to believe that someone actually lived there...





I learned to drive when I was 15 in one of these trucks...





We rarely went back this far. It was sort of like "no man's land" back here. Now it's just some cows standing around.


Back at the creek site. This is where the tower and other contruction projects took form. All of them would was down the creek later in the year.


OK, I left Clinton and drove into Eutaw.


The corner of Eatman Street and Highway 14.





The old Eutaw city hall.


This was the old theater where I saw "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" with the Sisks.


Sevreal old hoses have been restored in Eutaw.








I came back through on November 29th to get a few more shots.





This was what I looked forward to every summer. Driving in the baby blue 1964 Dodge Dart into the little town of Clinton.





Better picture of the well.


And some final photos...