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First of 2 photos taken to compare to this 1950s postcard of downtown Franklin ... The clock tower was removed and saved from the demolished old courthouse and is displayed on a short clock tower in Town Square. From similar point of view as in post card, the clock tower is hidden behind the young trees.

The courthouse was replaced and built in the same spot as the old courthouse, though much larger, and is still The Macon County Courthouse in 2012.

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Jean Gregory Evans on July 31, 2012

jethrohoyt, your discovery of the old postcard was very interesting so I stood in about the same spot as the postcard photographer. Then I stepped into the street to make the Clock Tower come into the view finder. It is mostly hidden in trees these days, in July 2012.

David Brown Photogra… on August 1, 2012

This is the one Jean - half way across the left hand lane, but as you say the courthouse has gone (explains why I couldn't find it on GE) and the trees now obscure the view.

You should make a note to re-shoot on a winter's day.

The formation of the hills vs. the street is exactly right though....

What is especially curious is that in those olden days, they had super modern street lights, these days we have old fashioned ones that look like gas!

How life sometimes mimics.... err.. well life I suppose.

Hey, but look.... you got s traffic light now too!

Many thanks - very nice - Jethro

Jean Gregory Evans on August 1, 2012

Jethro, Here is a 1950s Bird's Eye View of Main Street Looking East

Yes, I will do another on a Winter day!

That is funny, Jethro. I had not ever thought of those ugly street lamps as modern, but I guess that's just personal taste, isn't it? Well, the thing that really changed the looks of my town was when the power company buried the power lines and we got rid of a lot of those poles. Made a huge difference.

And then up sprang those old fashioned street lamps, looking very English, don't you think? Or not?

David Brown Photogra… on August 2, 2012

I like the bird's eye view Jean and on another old postcard on the same page they have a great view of the old courthouse

Cables ! That's what's missing!

Not sure about the old streetlamps... I view them as Nostalgic Americana


I cannot wait til winter - Jethro

Jean Gregory Evans on August 2, 2012

Thanks for the additional image of the old courthouse with the tower, Jethro!

I have learned from some friends that when the 'new' (yes, we still call it the new courthouse) was built, the old courthouse stood beside it and was torn down in 1973. At that time, the road or street was widened too. So the 'new' courthouse (now celebrating its 40th year) sits just beside where the old courthouse stood. Now we are debating as to whether the tower is actually the same tower or a reconstruction, something similar. The clock faces are the same, that we are sure. The tower itself looks a little different.

David Brown Photogra… on August 7, 2012

Look what I have started eh Jean?

So glad to have provided you (and your Franklin Friends) some amusement.


Best wishes from the flatlands - Jethro

serghiei1 on July 12, 2013

Bel punto di vista, mi piace! YSL. Ciao, Sergio

Ali Raza on November 7, 2013

Fantastic shot and view.LIKE Best wishes

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on July 31, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Jean Gregory Evans
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot SX40 HS
    • Taken on 2012/07/30 18:23:25
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/640)
    • Focal Length: 9.56mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash